Evolutionary Lazarus Taxa and Massive Homoplasy

A paper of potential interest to those concerned with the "phylogenetic valence" of morphological characters is:

Zander, R. H. 2006. The Pottiaceae s.str. as an evolutionary Lazarus taxon. J. Hattori Bot. Lab. 100: 581--602.

Reprint: http://www.mobot.org/plantscience/ResBot/Repr/Lazarus.pdf
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This paper provides an example and a theoretic justification for rejecting phylogenetic splitting of groups for which resultant massive morphological homoplasy would then contravene Dollo's Rule against re-evolution of complex traits.

Bayesian Phylogenetics Symposium at Yale

New Applications of Bayesian Inference in Phylogenetic Biology

We would like to invite all interested parties to attend the forthcoming â??Bayesian Invasionâ?? symposium. The event features presentations by leading experts in Bayesian phylogenetic research that highlight exciting new developments in Bayesian phylogeny estimation and phylogeny-based inference methods.

Speakers/subjects include:

Michael Donoghue (Yale University)
Opening remarks

Joseph Chang (Yale University)
Some Principles of Bayesian Inference

NESCent call for proposals

NESCent Postdoctoral Fellows, Sabbatical Scholars, Working Groups and Catalysis Groups

The National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) is now accepting proposals for Postdoctoral Fellows, Sabbatical Scholars, Working Groups and Catalysis Groups. The deadline is December 1, 2006. For more information, please see our website at http://www.nescent.org/proposals/.

Countering the Wedge

"Countering the Wedge: A multi-pronged, multi-year strategy to oppose creationism and intelligent design in the science curriculum of public schools" is a document authored by Massimo Pigliucci, David Baum, and Mark McPeek for the joint council of the Society for the Study of Evolution, the Society of Systematic Biologists, and the American Society of Naturalists.
This document is available as a PDF. The appendices, which are not included in the PDF, are the "Wedge document", and the decision of Judge John E.

Project Manager:Consortium for the Barcode of Life

The Consortium for the Barcode of Life (CBOL) is seeking a Project Manager to coordinate planning for and implementation of major projects by (1) working directly with the leaders of CBOLâ??s major activities (e.g., global campaigns for DNA barcoding of all species of fish and birds); (2) assisting in the management of specimen and barcode data in each initiative; (3) organizing workshops and meetings; (4) facilitating communication among participants; (5) helping in the production of reports of activities, funding proposals, and outreach materials; (6) promoting participation in CBOLâ??s projects; and (7) overseeing interns in the CBOL Secretariat Office; and other duties necessary for the success of these activities, as identified by the Executive Secretary and the leaders of the relevant CBOL activities.

April 2006 data online

The data sets for the April 2006 issue of Systematic Biology are now online.

Paper wins Mitchell Prize

UCLA have announced that Dr. Marc Suchard and his former graduate student, Dr. Benjamin Redelings, have won the 2006 Mitchell Prize for their June 2005 article in Systematic Biology, entitled "Joint Bayesian Estimation of Alignment and Phylogeny" (doi:10.1080/10635150590947041).

Call for Proposals â?" NESCent Working Groups and Catalysis Groups

The National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) is now accepting proposals for Working Groups and Catalysis Groups. The deadline is June 15, 2006. For more information, please see our website.

February 2006 data online

The supplementary material and data sets for the February issue are finally online. The cover -- based on a photo by Managing Editor Debbie Ciszek -- is timed to coincide with the Darwin Exhibition currently at the American Museum of Natural History.

53rd Annual Systematics Symposium at the Missouri Botanical Garden

"The Impact of Peter Raven on Evolutionary and Biodiversity Issues in the 20th and 21st Centuries "

Dates: 13-14 October 2006
Location: Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
Web Page: www.mobot.org/MOBOT/research/symposium/register2006.shtml.