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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
A Framework for Post-Phylogenetic Systematics, by R. H. Zander, is now available on Amazon. From the back cover:
The Framework reframes biological systematics to reconcile classical and cladistic schools. It combines scientific intuition and statistical inference in a new form of total evidence analysis developing a joint macroevolutionary process-based causal theory. Discrepancies between classical results and morphological and molecular cladograms are explained through heterophyletic inference of deep ancestral taxa, coarse priors leading to Bayesian Solution of total evidence, self-nesting ladders that can reverse branching order, and a superoptimization protocol that aids in distinguishing pseudoextinction from budding evolution. It determines direction of transformative evolution through Dollo evaluation at the taxon level. The genus as a basic, practical unit of evolution is postulated for taxa with dissilient evolution.
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The Genealogical World of Phylogenetic Networks
BMC Evolutionary Biology