SSB annual meetings minutes and reports 2013

Reports from the Annual Meeting at Snowbird, Utah, 2013

Distributed European School of Taxonomy two-week course

The Distributed European School of Taxonomy is offering a two-week training course on BASICS OF TAXONOMY: DESCRIBING, ILLUSTRATING AND COMMUNICATING BIODIVERSITY. The course is ideal for early career and future taxonomists who want to learn more about DELTA, digital drawing, scientific illustration, writing and communication, and Scratchpads.

  • Registration deadline is approaching: 24 June 2013
  • Course dates: 14-25 October 2013
  • Course venue: Sven Lovén Centre for Marine Sciences, Kristineberg, Sweden
  • Target audience: MSc students, PhD students, early career researchers; from any nationality
  • Registration fee: 1200 Euro (includes course attendance, course material, accommodation and meals)

For detailed information and registration, please visit:

DEST is offering four grants of €500 to attend this course. For eligibility criteria and application procedure, see the above webpage.

Minutes of mid-year meeting 2013

The minutes of the Society of Systematic Biologists Mid-Year Executive Council Meeting (held via Skype) are now available.

Council Meeting minutes
Awards Report
Editor in Chief report (Ron DeBry)
Editor-Elect report (Andy Anderson)
Minutes (PDF)

Frontiers in Phylogenetics at NMNH - Genome-scale Phylogenetics

We are pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Spring Symposium hosted by Frontiers in Phylogenetics at NMNH: "Genome-scale Phylogenetics"

Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History
Washington, DC, Monday May 20, 2013

9:30-9:35Opening Remarks and Logistics
Michael Braun, Frontiers in Phylogenetics Program, NMNH
9:35-9:45Introduction and Welcome to the Smithsonian
Eva Pell, Undersecretary for Science, Smithsonian Institution
9:45-10:30My Students Could Do My Thesis in Five Minutes; How to Cope with the Next Generation
Rob DeSalle, Sackler Institute of Comparative Genomics, AMNH
10:30-11:00Seminar title TBA
Erich Jarvis, Duke University Medical Center
11:30-12:00Molecular Phylogenies, Genomics and the Bacterial Species Concept
Margaret Riley, University of Massachusetts Amherst
12:00-12:30Phylotranscriptomics to Bring the Understudied Ostracoda into the Fold
Todd Oakley, University of California Santa Barbara
12:30-14:00Lunch Break
14:00-14:30Seminar title TBA
Jun Wen, Department of Botany, NMNH
14:30-15:00Genome-scale Phylogenetics of Rapid Adaptive Radiation: RAD Sequence Data Illuminates the History of Lake Victoria Cichlids
Catherine Wagner, Eawag, Swiss Federal Institute for Aquatic Science and Technology
15:30-16:00Shotgun in the Dark or a Rifle in the Daylight? The Case for Using Single Copy Orthologous Gene Capture in Phylogenetics
Gavin Naylor, Hollings Marine Lab, College of Charleston and Medical University of South Carolina
16:00-16:30Achieving phylogenomic nirvana: ultraconserved elements (UCEs) capture history at the species, population, and individual levels
Brant Faircloth, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UCLA
16:30-17:00Unsolved Challenges- Panel Discussion on Future Directions

Curator, Professor, and Director of Comparative Biology Initiative American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York invites applications and nominations for an outstanding scholar at the Full Curator & Full Professor level with internationally-recognized research and leadership credentials, and demonstrated, ongoing high-impact research productivity and grantsmanship, to provide innovative leadership for a new museum-wide initiative in comparative biology. This initiative will incorporate the work of multiple investigators at the Museum and at collaborating institutions in genomics and phenomics (large-scale phenotypic analysis), aimed at understanding the evolution and relationships of organisms in ways that clarify and illuminate the architecture of life. The successful candidate for this position should show experience and interest in managing large–scale, interdisciplinary, collaborative, multi-institutional projects and is expected to qualify for and be appointed as a tenured full curator in either the Division of Invertebrate Zoology or Vertebrate Zoology, and as a full professor in the Richard Gilder Graduate School at the AMNH. We seek a creative, active, broad-based researcher and dynamic academic leader who interacts well with others and who will utilize the extensive resources the Museum has to offer in the way of collections, research instrumentation and laboratories, teaching and mentoring, exhibition, and public education.

Society of Systematic Biologists Workshop

SSB Members - here is your chance to learn from some of the best and brightest in the Society of Systematic Biologists. All SSB members are invited to attend the inaugural Society of Systematic Biologists Workshop, which will be held on Friday June 21, 2013 between 1:00 and 5:00. This workshop is open only to members of SSB, so be sure to join or renew your membership today!


1:00L. Lacey KnowlesOpening Remarks
1:05Joe FelsensteinModel-based statistical phylogenetics: past, present, and future.
1:40Brant FairclothUsing next-generation molecular techniques to achieve phylogenomic nirvana.
2:20Peter BeerliComparing biogeographic hypotheses using MIGRATE.
3:10 - 3:30Break
3:30Jeet SukumaranPhylogeographic Model Selection Using Approximate Bayesian Computation.
4:15Stacey SmithThe comparative toolbox: common approaches for diverse questions.
4:55Bryan CarstensClosing Remarks - Door prize giveaways

There will be a short reception following the workshop - this will be the place to meet society members and discuss phylogenetic and phylogeographic methods.

Please contact Bryan Carstens <carstens dot 12 at osu dot edu> with questions.

Two Permanent Program Director Positions at NSF

The NSF is seeking candidates for Program Director in the Evolutionary Processes and the Systematics and Biodiversity Science Clusters within the Division of Environmental Biology (DEB), Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) in Arlington, VA.

SALARY RANGE: $105,211.00 to $163,957.00 / Per Year
Deadline to apply is March 15, 2013

More details at

NSF seeking director for Division of Environmental Biology (DEB)

The United States National Science Foundation (NSF) is seeking a Division Director for the Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) in the Directorate for Biological Sciences. For more information andinstructions for how to apply, please visit The last day to apply is March 8, 2013. Please circulate this announcement widely.

Postdoctoral position in entomology at the Center of Macroecology, Evolution and Climate/ Natural History Museum of Denmark

The Center of Macroecology, Evolution and Climate at the Natural History Museum of Denmark has an open postdoctoral position in entomology. The center has been established with funds from the Danish National Research Foundation ("Danmarks Grundforskningsfond"), the University of Copenhagen and the Technical University of Denmark. It is a long-term funded Center of Excellence that started 1st of January 2010. It will integrate terrestrial and marine research in a cross-disciplinary research program addressing fundamental questions on the origin, maintenance, conservation and future of life and biological diversity on Earth.

Research Leaders @NHM_london

The Natural History Museum (NHM) is seeking to recruit a number of ‘Research Leaders’ into its staff to strengthen its capacity in Earth and Life Sciences.

The NHM is one of the world’s great natural history museums, combining excellence in scientific discovery; scientific collections and infrastructure; and science communication. Its scientific mission is to use its expertise and collections to tackle questions of broad significance to science and society.

The successful applicants will be recognised leaders in their fields of research, having strong records of publication in leading international journals and proven records of winning external funding to support their research programme or, in the case of early career applicants, the potential to achieve such a research profile in the near future. They will also have an interest in communicating science to a broad audience and in taking full advantage of the opportunities offered by the NHM.

We are prepared to be flexible with respect to appointment level, starting salary and starting date, depending on track-record, experience and circumstances.

For a full role specification and to apply online, please visit the Natural History Museum website at (REF: NHM/RSL/GS)

Closing date: 15 February, 2013

Informal enquiries may be made to Professors Andy Fleet (Head of Department of Earth Sciences,, Phil Rainbow (Head of Department of Life Sciences, or Ian Owens (Director of Science,