What is systematics?

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.

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MCEB - Mathematical and Computational Evolutionary Biology 21-25 June 2015 - Porquerolles Island, South of France


MCEB - Mathematical and Computational Evolutionary Biology 21-25 June 2015 - Porquerolles Island, South of France.

Webpage: http://www.lirmm.fr/mceb2015/

Pre-registration deadline: February 10th Notification to applicants: February 28th Final list of attendees: April 1st

Scope: Mathematical and computational tools and concepts form an essential basis for modern evolutionary studies. The goal of the MCEB conference (at its 7th edition) is to bring together scientists with diverse backgrounds to present recent advances and discuss open problems in the field of mathematical and computational evolutionary biology. The theme of this yearís edition will be new data, new questions, new methods. New generation sequencing techniques have multiplied not just the amount, but also the types of genetic data produced, giving rise to new questions, and new methodologies to answer them. These methodologies are often cross-disciplinary, with applications to diverse research topics. General concepts, models, methods and algorithms will also be presented and discussed, just as during the previous conference editions.

Tree Conservation Biologist at The Morton Arboretum

The Morton Arboretum invites nominations and applications for a full-time Conservation Biologist with a strong interest in tree conservation. Applicants with a strong plant conservation biology background are encouraged to apply. Research topics may include conservation genetics, niche/distribution modeling, experimental approaches to restoration ecology, population viability analysis, community assembly, trait-based or phylogenetic ecology, leading edge evolutionary dynamics, dispersal biology, or other topics in conservation biology. The successful applicant will demonstrate a commitment to integrating basic research on why woody plants succeed or decline with application to plant conservation.

NSF Program Director in the Systematics and Biodiversity Science


The National Science Foundation http://www.nsf.gov/about/ (NSF) is seeking candidates for Program Director in the Systematics and Biodiversity Science Cluster (SBS) within the Division of Environmental Biology (DEB), Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) in Arlington, VA. Additional information about the position and the application process can be found here: (https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/390306500).

The DEB supports fundamental research on populations, species, communities, and ecosystems. Scientific emphases range across many evolutionary and ecological patterns and processes at all spatial and temporal scales. Areas of research include biodiversity, phylogenetic systematics, molecular evolution, life history evolution, natural selection, ecology, biogeography, ecosystem services, conservation biology, global change, and biogeochemical cycles. Research on origins, functions, relationships, interactions, and evolutionary history may incorporate field, laboratory, or collection-based approaches; observational or manipulative experiments; synthesis activities; as well as theoretical approaches involving analytical, statistical, or simulation modeling.

Thinking of Building a Supertree? Why not come to the Supertree Toolkit Workshop?

15th December 2014
Department of Biology & Biochemistry, 4 South University of Bath, BA27AY, UK

A free, informal, one-day workshop on the Supertree Tookit (STK), led by its authors, Katie Davis and Jon Hill.

The STK is a bioinformatics tool designed to make it easier to process hundreds or thousands of input source trees for inclusion in MRP supertree analysis, whilst reducing potential errors and enabling the easy sharing of such datasets.

The software is available on Mac, Windows and Linux: http://supertreetoolkit.org/

Programme

  • 10:30: Start to arrive, coffee.
  • 11:00 - 11:15: Welcome to Bath: Matthew Wills
  • 11:15 - 12:00: Introduction to STK: Jon Hill
  • 12:00 - 12:30: Adding data: Katie Davis
  • 12:30 - 13:30: Lunch
  • 13:30 - 15:00: Processing data: Katie Davis
  • 15:00 - 15:30: Break
  • 15:30 - 16:30: Post-processing: Jon Hill
  • 16:30 - 17:00: Python interface (for those interested): Jon Hill

To reserve a place, please contact Matthew Wills
m.a.wills@bath.ac.uk
http://www.bath.ac.uk/bio-sci/contacts/academics/matthew_wills/

Director of the Center for Tree Science at The Morton Arboretum

The Morton Arboretum invites nominations and applications for a Center for Tree Science Director, to lead and manage the Center at The Morton Arboretum to produce world-class scientific research with important practical applications to advance tree science. The Center for Tree Science brings together experts from botanical gardens, universities, government, industry, and other organizations to participate in collaborations that generate new knowledge and provide training to address key challenges facing trees in urban areas and in the wild.See attached PDF for details.

New DEST training programme and website

The Distributed European School of Taxonomy (DEST), an initiative under the CETAF umbrella and managed by RBINS, has launched its NEW website and training programme for 2014-2015!

Check out the Modern Taxonomy programme offering intensive theoretical courses in various subjects. Also, have a look at the Expert-in-training programme enabling trainees to develop and strengthen their taxonomic research skills through on-the-job-training.

Curator of Invertebrates and Assistant Professor in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

The University of Colorado Museum of Natural History and Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EBIO), University of Colorado Boulder, invite applications for a joint, tenure-track appointment as Curator of Invertebrates and Assistant Professor.

Primary responsibilities will be to develop an active research program on any group of non-insect invertebrates using molecular systematic approaches preferably including bioinformatics tools, to curate and develop the Museum's invertebrate collections, and to teach in the Museum and Field Studies and EBIO programs. The successful candidate will be expected to take a leadership position in advancing the role of the collections, particularly in digital and molecular assets. The Invertebrate collection houses approximately 870,000 specimens of molluscs, other non-entomological marine, freshwater, and terrestrial invertebrates. Most holdings are from Colorado and the southern Rocky Mountain region, and enhanced by wider US and international collections. The successful candidate will contribute to research, curation, mentoring, and teaching at graduate and undergraduate levels and will be expected to develop an externally funded research program. We offer a collaborative, intellectually stimulating, and supportive environment in which a new professor can thrive.