December 2005 data online

After a delay (partly due to battling with a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet embedded in a Microsoft Word document — gack) the appendices and data for the December 2005 issue are now online.

Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution Annual Meeting

SMBE 2006 Conference (May 24 - May 28, 2006)
"Genomes, Evolution & Bioinformatics"
Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA

The conference will open on the evening of Wednesday, May 24 with a Welcome Social and Registration from 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.√?¬† The opening symposia and contributed sessions will begin at 8:00 a.m. on May 25.√?¬† The closing symposia and contributed sessions will take place from 8:00 a.m.- 12:00 noon on Sunday, May 28.

A schedule of events is here.

To register visit the web site (Early registration from Feb 1 - April 1, 2006).

Abstract submission is online.

Elizabeth E. Bascom Fellowships in Botany for Latin American Women

The Missouri Botanical Garden announces the eighth annual competition for the Elizabeth E. Bascom Fellowships in botany for Latin American women. The fellowship will cover the cost of a round-trip air ticket to St. Louis, lodging in the Garden apartment, and a small stipend for food and miscellaneous expenses in St. Louis for a period of one to three months. The competition is open to young Latin American women who work in the field of botany or are botanists at universities or other governmental or non-governmental scientific institutions in Mexico, Central America, and South America. Applicants must have an undergraduate degree from a university. The fields of investigation are limited to systematic botany, ecology, or conservation. The deadline will be 1 July 2006. All interested applicants should visit this website (in Spanish) to obtain a list of application materials, or contact Alina Freire-Fierro, e-mail, P.O. Box 299, St. Louis, MO 63166-0299, USA; voice: 314-577-9535; fax: 314-577-0830.


Paul Sereno's TaxonSearch database for
suprageneric taxa and phylogenetic definitions, mentioned in his Systematic Biology article The Logical Basis of Phylogenetic Taxonomy, is now online.

3rd International Congress on Phthiraptera (ICP3)

Buenos Aires, Argentina 16 - 20 October, 2006

ICP3 web site

This Congress will bring together leading authorities on lice to review our current knowledge of lice and louse-borne diseases. A major objective of this conference will be the coordination of research into lice and louse-bone-pathogens. Systematics plays an increasingly important role in this endeavourand this Congeress will provide a rare opportunity for interaction between members of the medical, veterinary and systematic community. The Third Congress will include a diverse array of invited plenary lectures, oral presentations and poster presentations from world authorities.

Call for 2007 Symposia

The Society for Systematic Biologists invites proposals for symposia at the 2007 SSB meeting to be held at the Allan Wilson Center for Molecular Ecology and Evolution in Auckland, New Zealand 18-22 June 2007. The meeting will be held jointly with the American Society of Naturalists and the Society for the Study of Evolution. Proposals should include (1) a descriptive title, (2) one or two paragraphs explaining the purpose of the symposium and its relevance to systematics, (3) a list of presentations including proposed speakers, their institutions or affiliations, and their presentation titles, (4) an indication of whether the speakers have been invited and whether they have agreed to participate, and (5) the proposed length of each talk.

International Conference in Phylogenomics

Sainte-Ad√?¬®le, Qu√?¬©bec 15 - 19 March 2006
This conference aims to reunite experts focusing on two distinct aspects of phylogenomics: the use of genome data inferring species phylogeny and the use of phylogenetic approaches to gain insights into gene functions. This conference will create synergy between these two phylogenomic communities, bridging the gap between there respective scientific endeavours. A special issue of BMC Evolutionary Biology will be dedicated to the conference, allowing contributors of the conference to submit their manuscripts.

For deadlines and other details, please visit the conference web site

Courses at the SMTRI Bocas Research Station

The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Bocas Research Station, Bocas del Toro, Panama is offering two short courses in the taxonomy and biology of Caribbean sponges (July 17-28, 2006), and tunicates (August 13-27, 2006). Registration for each course is $US 400 (some fellowships are available). Deadline for applications is March 1, 2006. For more details on the courses and how to apply please visit (Caribbean sponges) and

Royal Society DNA Barcoding publication offer

The first international scientific conference on Barcoding of Life was held at the Natural History Museum in London in February 2005 and the October 2005 issue of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences reviews the scientific challenges discussed during this conference and in previous publications. Subscribers to Philosophical Transactions can access the full content online.

Non-subscribers can purchase the print issue at a specially reduced price of √?¬£45/$US75 for a limited amount of time (usual price: √?¬£115/US$195).

To place an order at the discounted price, please contact The Royal Society by any of the methods below, quoting reference TB 1462:

  • telephone +44 (0)20 7451 2646
  • email
  • post Publishing, The Royal Society, 6 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG, UK

Updated awards

The awards offered by the Society have been updated with new deadlines. These include the Mini-PEET awards, the Ernst Mayr Award and the Graduate Student Award for students, and scholarships for researchers from developing countries.