The Threespine Stickleback was described in 1758 by Carl Linnaeus in Systema Naturae and has been studied intensively for more than century. Early interest focused on its morphological diversity and led to a plethora of nominal species that are now included within Gasterosteus aculeatus. In the 1930s, Nikolaas (Niko) Tinbergen established it as an important model in ethology, and in the 1960s, Donald W. Hagen and J. D. McPhail pioneered its use to study adaptation, and speciation. At the turn of the 21st Century, genomic tools were developed for the Threespine Stickleback. Today, it is used for research in behavior, physiology, morphology, development, ecology, parasitology, toxicology, genetics, genomics, and evolution, justifying its characterization as a biological "supermodel."|
The International Conference on Stickleback Behavior and Evolution attracts a large international community that uses this species in research. Piet Sevenster and Hans van den Assem organized the first Conference in 1984 in Leiden, The Netherlands to commemorate Tinbergen's first use of Threespine Stickleback for behavioral research and to mark Jan van Iersel's retirement. In recent years, the Conference has met at three-year intervals. The eighth Conference at Stony Brook University in 2015 will attract about 125 stickleback biologists who will meet over six days to present papers and posters on diverse aspects of stickleback biology.
Please see the tentative schedule for the conference. Additional information and forms to register for the Conference and to present a paper or poster are on other pages of this website.
We owe thanks to many people and sponsors who contributed to this Conference. Our colleagues in Conference and Special Events at Stony Brook University coordinated services by University offices and vendors. Fumio Aoki and Donna DiGiovanni of the Department of Ecology and Evolution created the Conference website and financial accounts, respectively. Catherine [Katie] Peichel and Matthew A. Wund obtained funding from the American Genetic Association to support graduate participation. Jason Hseuh and his staff at the Stony Brook Foundation managed income and payments for the Conference. Our colleagues generously assumed important tasks: selection of plenary speakers (Susan A. Foster, Ian Barber, Felicity C. Jones), recipients of Travel Awards (Matthew A. Wund, Windsor E. Aguirre, Martin Kalbe, Erica H. Leder, Craig T. Miller), and editing the published proceedings of this Conference (Andrew P. Hendry, Catherine [Katie] Peichel). Special thanks to Michael L. Rosenzweig for publishing the proceedings of the Conference in Evolutionary Ecology Research.
The American Genetic Association supported participation of graduate students in the Conference. The Office of the Provost, Stony Brook University supported David M. Kingsley’s special lecture. General support was provided by several other units at the Stony Brook University, including the Department of Ecology and Evolution, the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, The Research Foundation of the State University of New York and the College of Arts and Sciences.