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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 Distributed European School of Taxonomy (DEST) provides two types of training courses at various European research facilities and universities. The training curriculum targets both modern disciplines such as molecular systematics and biodiversity informatics, as well as the more ‘traditional’ approaches such as morphology and descriptive taxonomy. Courses are open to participants from Europe and from outside of Europe.
The Modern Taxonomy programme 2013-2014 offers intensive theoretical courses in subjects as varied as nomenclature and DNA-barcoding.
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The Directorate for Biological Sciences at the National Science Foundation is advertising for a program officer position to manage the program “Advances in Digitization of Biological Collections (ADBC)”. For information about the scope of the program, visit the program web site.
The ADBC program began in 2010 as a result of the community strategic plan for a National Integrated Biocollections Alliance (NIBA). The program supports some of the NIBA goals, specifically increasing access to the wealth of information contained in vouchered biological specimens and associated metadata through digitization and providing a central resource for access to the data (iDigBio). For information about the NIBA strategic plan and implementation plan, see here where the links to community efforts are provided. For information about the goals and activities of iDigBio, see www.iDigBio.org.
Questions regarding this position should be directed to Professor J. Daniel Hare, Chair of the Insect Evolutionary Genomics Search Committee at email@example.com. Review of applications will begin January 3, 2014, but this position will remain open until filled. Information about the Entomology Department and an expanded description can be found on the website: http://www.entomology.ucr.edu.
The 2014 meeting will take place at Hameau de l'Etoile, in the Montpellier region (France), June 15-19. This year a special focus will be given to the applications of mathematical and computational evolutionary biology to the study of biodiversity in all its aspects: from its conservation to its ecology and evolution, from the diversity within a genome, to that between individuals within a species and that between species in an ecosystem. The number of attendees will be limited (~60), so as to favor small group interaction. See http://www.lirmm.fr/mceb2014/ for full details.
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Royal Society Publishing has just published Paleovirology: Insights from the genomic fossil record, compiled and edited by Aris Katzourakis.
The Barcode of Life
The Genealogical World of Phylogenetic Networks
BMC Evolutionary Biology
Molecular Biology and Evolution