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 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.

August 2005 issue out

The August 2005 issue is out, with a cover reflecting summer (for those in the Northern Hemisphere). Data sets and appendices are available online.


Nominations are solicited for the Robert H. Gibbs Jr. Memorial Award for Excellence in Systematic Ichthyology from the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (ASIH). The prize is awarded for "an outstanding body of published work in systematic ichthyology" to a citizen of a Western Hemisphere nation who has not been a recipient of the award. The award is offered annually and consists of a plaque and a monetary award (approximately $5000).

Fast fungal trees

The method of automating the construction of fungal trees described in the August issue of Systematic Biology by Hibbett et al. (Automated Phylogenetic Taxonomy: An Example in the Homobasidiomycetes (Mushroom-Forming Fungi)) has been featured in Science. For more information, please visit the mor web site.

NESCent call for proposals

The National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) would like to announce our call for proposals effective August 15, 2005, for Postdoctoral Fellows, Sabbatarians, Catalysis Groups and Working Groups. We hope to fund 7 postdocs, 5 sabbatarians, and 6 groups. The deadline for proposals is October 15, 2005. Please see complete details on our website:

June 2005 issue online

The June 2005 issue is now online.

Books reviewed in this issue (available from

Impact factor 10.257

The ISI Journal Citation Reports that Systematic Biology had an impact factor of 10.257 for the year 2004, up from 7.740 in 2003. I think this reflects very well on the work my predecessor Chris Simon and her Associate Editors put in to the journal. In the Evolutionary Biology category, Systematic Biology is second only to the review journal TREE. Hence, we have the largest impact factor of any research journal in evolutionary biology.

Tree Thinking

The Tree Thinking Group is a loose association of people , including researchers, teachers and students, who are interested in teaching and learning evolutionary biology effectively. There are, of course, many groups that are interested in improving evolution education and you can find out about some of them on our resource pages. What makes this effort stand out somewhat is our focus on tree thinking √Ę‚?¨" that is, the use of a phylogenetic perspective for making sense of biology.

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