WABI 2005

The WABI 2005 conference volume (Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) has some interesting papers on phylogenetics, on such topics as supertrees, tree distances, biogeography, and more.

October 2005 issue online

The October 2005 issue is now online. Highlights include papers based on a debate on DNA barcoding between Kip Will and Paul Herbert, (convened by Vince Smith), held at the fifth biennial PEET meeting. Video and Powerpoint slides are available here.

Brown University Assistant Professor - Molecular phylogenetics

The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Brown University seeks a plant evolutionary biologist using modern molecular phylogenetic methods to understand evolutionary mechanisms and organismal diversity.√?¬† They particularly welcome applicants whose interests complement existing faculty strengths in evolutionary biology, ecology, and plant biology, as well as ongoing university initiatives in environmental change, genomics, and computational biology. Requirements include a Ph.D., a strong record of research excellence, and potential for excellence in teaching.√?¬† The new hire will be expected to develop a strong, externally funded research program, teach courses such as phylogenetics or plant diversity, and contribute to graduate training.√?¬†

Postdoc postion at Auburn University

Ken Halanych has a 12 month postdoc position to use molecular tools to work on annelid phylogeny. In particular, the position will focus on Ophryotrocha and other Dorvilleids living in sulphide rich environments. This is part of a project funded by the US National Science Foundation in collaboration with Lisa Levin of Scripps Institute of Oceanography. There will be opportunities to expand the scope of annelid based research conducted. Ideally the successful person will be knowledgeable in annelid morphology, taxonomy and molecular phylogenetics. However, all are encouraged to apply as the pool of people familiar with all these areas is quite limited. The position is available to be filled as soon as possible.

Sixth conference of the Southern African Society for Systematic Biology

The sixth conference of the Southern African Society for Systematic
Biology (SASSB VI) in association with the University of Johannesburg
will be held in the Kruger National Park, South Africa from 14-17 July
2006. Registration and talk/poster submission is NOW available. Please visit the
SASSB VI web site for all information.

2nd Meeting of the International Society for Phylogenetic Nomenclature

The 2nd Meeting of the International Society for Phylogenetic Nomenclature (ISPN) will take place June 29 √Ę‚?¨" July 2, 2006 at Yale University. This meeting will follow the format of the 1st and founding meeting of the ISPN that was held in Paris, France in 2004 by providing opportunities for formal oral and poster presentations while leaving ample time for discussions. The annual business meeting of the ISPN will also be held during this conference.

Nico Cellinese (Logistics and general information)
Walter Joyce (Program)

Google Earth and biodiversity data

Your computer can become a window to anywhere on the planet, viewing high-resolution aerial and satellite imagery combined with GBIF-mediated data. For more details visit the GBIF site to learn how to combine Google Earth with specimen data.

Announcing a position in Plant Systematics

The Department of Plant Biology and the Bell Museum of Natural History at the University of Minnesota announce a 9-month tenure-track position for an assistant or associate professor and herbarium curator in the area of non-flowering plant systematics and/or mycology. Candidates are required to have experience in collections-based research involving non-flowering plants and/or fungi including lichens. The successful applicant is expected to develop an externally funded research program; contribute to teaching and advising in organismal biology and systematics; curate sections of the herbarium including lichens; and contribute to public outreach through the Bell Museum.

EAPSI Fellowships

Fellowships for graduate students are avialable through the NSF East Axia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) Program. See www.nsf.gov/eapsi. The East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) provide U.S. graduate students in science and engineering 1) first-hand research experience in Australia, China, Japan, Korea, or Taiwan; 2) an introduction to the science and science policy infrastructure of the respective location; and 3) orientation to the society, culture and language. The primary goals of EAPSI are to introduce students to East Asia and Pacific science and engineering in the context of a research laboratory, and to initiate personal relationships that will better enable them to collaborate with foreign counterparts in the future. The institutes last approximately eight weeks from June to August. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) co-sponsor the Summer Institute in Japan.

Smithsonian Postdoctoral Fellowships (Botany)

The National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) Department of Botany is encouraging applications for the annual competition for graduate student and postdoctoral fellowships. We are a dynamic department carrying out collections-based research on plants, including projects on phylogenetics, biogeography, major taxonomic revisions, floristics, coevolution, and conservation, employing techniques such as DNA analyses and GIS.