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.

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 â?" 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.