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Systematics is the study of biological diversity and its origins. It focuses on understanding evolutionary relationships among organisms, species, higher taxa, or other biological entities, such as genes, and the evolution of the properties of taxa including intrinsic traits, ecological interactions, and geographic distributions. An important part of systematics is the development of methods for various aspects of phylogenetic inference and biological nomenclature/classification.
The objective of the Society of Systematic Biologists is the advancement of the science of systematic biology in all its aspects of theory, principles, methodology, and practice, for both living and fossil organisms, with emphasis on areas of common interest to all systematic biologists regardless of individual specialization.
Books recently reviewed in Systematic Biology, or written by members of the Society.
The University of Florida is launching a cross-disciplinary Biodiversity Initiative that will improve our understanding of biological diversity and its impacts on human society. As part of this initiative, two curatorial positions will be filled at the Florida Museum of Natural History at the level of Associate or Full Curator (equivalent to Associate or Full Professor). The anticipated start date is August 2015. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.
Successful applicants will be expected to conduct dynamic, externally funded research programs incorporating biodiversity collections-based data or other ‘Big Data’ and models to improve our understanding of conservation biology or other environmental issues such as climate change, invasive species, habitat modification, and ecosystem services; or improve our understanding of the history of life and our ability to address questions in comparative biology such as those related to the origin, persistence and extinction of lineages and biogeographic patterns; or improve our ability to provide data on species identifications and distributions, habitat preferences, and other information to resource managers, agricultural scientists, and industry.
The Royal Society has published a special issue celebrates the distinguished scientific career of Leslie Gottlieb, who investigated the evolutionary processes that generate the Earth’s life-sustaining plant diversity.
The Frontiers in Phylogenetics 4th Annual Symposium entitled "Genome-Scale Phylogenetics: Analyzing the Data” will remain available to watch on Ustream-SI in unedited form in three parts.
Part 1) Opening (Mike Braun, John Kress, Guillermo Orti), Lacey Knowles, Kevin Kocot, Ingo Ebersberger...
An edited version of the event will be available as a podcast on iTunes at a later date, to be announced.
The Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology (EEOB) and the Department of Entomology of The Ohio State University seek appliants for The Martha N. and John C. Moser Chair in Arthropod Biosystematics and Biological Diversity. We seek a colleague taking a lineage-focused approach to questions in evolution and ecology of terrestrial or freshwater arthropods. We are especially interested in those scientists using novel approaches and those who enhance existing strengths of the departments and the Museum of Biological Diversity in phylogenetic systematics, species discovery and description, biodiversity informatics, population genetics, or evolution of character systems or interspecific interactions. More details at https://eeob.osu.edu/news/search-underway-martha-n-and-john-c-moser-chair-arthropod-biosystematics-and-biological-diversi.
Below are the links from the Evol2014 About Women in Science events on the topic of Implicit Bias. For each session, we have provided Joan's presentation and the workshop responses from the attendees. We hope that you find the information useful.
We would like to thank the organizers of Evol2014, the three societies who sponsored these events, our guest speaker, Joan Herbers, and our attendees.
Michele Dudash and Jenny Boughman
Systematists with a yen for theory might be
Zander, R. H. 2014. Classical determination of monophyly,
In which I attempt to formalize (find the statistical and
We are apparently good at it but can’t say why. Until now. If I’m right.
These may be found on the Phytoneuron Web site:
The Washington Area Phylogenetics Consortium is pleased to announce the fourth annual Frontiers in Phylogenetics Symposium!
Genome-Scale Phylogenetics: Analysing the Data
Location: Warner Brothers Theatre, National Museum of American History, Washington, DC
Time and Date: 9 AM to 5 PM, Monday September 15, 2014
REGISTRATION IS FREE BUT REQUIRED. Visit link below to register https://docs.google.com/forms/d/10p7xgDeAFOaVUHhxmQ6-fwf7E9N5lDJYfYf_PokQwmk/viewform?usp=send_form
The Genealogical World of Phylogenetic Networks
BMC Evolutionary Biology
Molecular Biology and Evolution