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 CBOL√Ę‚?¨‚?Ęs 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 CBOL√Ę‚?¨‚?Ęs 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 √Ę‚?¨" 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:

Diversity at SSE/SSB 2006

Call for applications for undergraduates of diverse backgrounds to attend the 2006 meeting of the Society for the Study of Evolution/Society of Systematic Biologists


Call for volunteer mentors for this program from graduate students, postdocs and faculty.

For the fourth consecutive year, the Undergraduate Diversity at SSE/SSB program, funded by a the Undergraduate Mentoring in Environmental Biology (UMEB) program at NSF, will take place again at the 2006 meeting this June in Stony Brook, New York and we are now accepting applications. The program will send 15 undergraduates from the US and Puerto Rico to attend the SSE/SSB meetings to, present posters and interact with graduate student, postdoc and faculty mentors. The application deadline is April 1, 2006.

Molecular Systematist - CSIRO Entomology Australia

CSIRO Entomology, Canberra, houses the Australian National Insect Collection and is seeking a molecular systematist to explore broad questions of the evolution of Australia√Ę‚?¨‚?Ęs invertebrate biodiversity. You will develop a suite of research projects which apply advanced molecular tools integrated with morphological data to link molecular systematics to other key areas of activity in invasive species, ecosystem function and diagnostics. This appointment represents a long-term commitment where we expect you to develop a dynamic research group.

Salary AUS$79K to AUS$93K, closing date 9 April 2006.

For more details see the CSIRO recruitment site.

Second Meeting of the International Society for Phylogenetic Nomenclature

The Second Meeting of the International Society for Phylogenetic Nomenclature will be held in New Haven, Connecticut, at Yale University, from June 28 to July 2, 2006. This meeting is an opportunity to discuss topics that pertain directly or indirectly to phylogenetic nomenclature in general and the PhyloCode in particular. In addition to providing a forum to contribute oral and poster presentations, this meeting will also include three symposia with a number of invited guest speakers.

Contact Information
Nico Cellinese (Logistics and general information) and Walter Joyce (Program), Peabody Museum of Natural History, Yale University, 170 Whitney Avenue, PO Box 208118, New Haven, Connecticut, 06511, U.S.A. Email: or