Supertree book

Phylogenetic supertrees:Combining information to reveal the Tree of Life
edited by Olaf Bininda-Emonds

This is the first book on "phylogenetic supertrees", a recent, but controversial development for inferring evolutionary trees. Rather than analyze the combined primary character data directly, supertree construction proceeds by combining the tree topologies derived from those data. This difference in strategy has allowed for the exciting possibility of larger, more complete phylogenies than are otherwise currently possible, with the potential to revolutionize evolutionarily-based research.

Do orthologous gene phylogenies really support tree-thinking?

This provocatively entitled paper by Bapteste et al. has just been published in BMC Evolutionary Biology.

The authors conclude:

Our phylogenetic analyses do not support tree-thinking. These results have important conceptual and practical implications. We argue that representations other than a tree should be investigated in this case because a non-critical concatenation of markers could be highly misleading.

Evolutionary Bioinformatics Online -- new open access online journal

New Zealand's Bioinformatics Institute* has launched the first online, open-access journal dedicated to evolutionary bioinformatics -- Evolutionary Bioinformatics Online. There is growing awareness that to understand organismal form and function, through the use of molecular, genetic, genomic, and proteomic data, due consideration must be given to an organism's evolutionary context: history constrains the path an organism is obliged to take, and leaves an indelible mark on its component parts. The journal has an editorial board of leading international researchers, led by Editor-in-Chief Prof. Mark Pagel of Reading University.

2005 Ebbe Nielsen Prize Awarded to Pablo A. Goloboff

Pablo Goloboff has been awarded the $US 35,000 Ebbe Nielsen Prize by GBIF.

This Prize is the only award in the world for excellence in biodiversity informatics, the area of science that develops computer programs and uses the Internet in support of research on the range and spread of life on earth.

Read more on the GBIF site.

Find papers in Systematic Biology by Pablo
Search Google Scholar for papers by Pablo Goloboff.

PhyCom hacked

The PhyCom server has been hacked, so the site will be down for a few days. There are some sad people in this world who have nothing better to do than create needless work for others.

Fast breaking paper

St├?┬ęphane Guindon and Olivier Gascuel's paper
A Simple, Fast, and Accurate Algorithm to Estimate Large Phylogenies by Maximum Likelihood
, published in the October 2003 issue of Systematic Biology is the ISI's February 2005 "fast breaking paper in field of Environment/Ecology."

According to the ISI, a fast breaking paper is a paper in the top 1% of the most cited papers in a field which has had the largest percentage increase in citations from one bimonthly update to the next.

Mathematics of Evolution and Phylogeny

Based on papers presented at the first Mathematics of Evolution and Phylogeny conference, this book is now available from Oxford University Press and Amazon.

The second Mathematics of Evolution and Phylogeny conference will be held in Paris this summer.

BibTeX template now available

LaTeX users can rejoice as thanks to Ashleigh Smythe there is now a BibTeX template for formating references in Systematic Biology style. The template and instructions on how to use it are here.

April 2005 issue online

The April 2005 issue is now online.


Any and all poems concerning the theme of evolution are solicited; serious, funny, tragic, elegant, nonsensical, in any style including tanka, limericks, haiku, free verse, couplets, and epic poems.

Winner(s) to be announced and poem(s) read at the
Annual Meeting Banquet in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Prize(s) also remain to be determined, but will be glorious and highly desirable.