Program Officer for Advances in Digitization of Biological Collections (ADBC)

The Directorate for Biological Sciences at the National Science Foundation is advertising for a program officer position to manage the program “Advances in Digitization of Biological Collections (ADBC)”. For information about the scope of the program, visit the program web site.

The ADBC program began in 2010 as a result of the community strategic plan for a National Integrated Biocollections Alliance (NIBA). The program supports some of the NIBA goals, specifically increasing access to the wealth of information contained in vouchered biological specimens and associated metadata through digitization and providing a central resource for access to the data (iDigBio). For information about the NIBA strategic plan and implementation plan, see here where the links to community efforts are provided. For information about the goals and activities of iDigBio, see

Insect evolutionary genomics position at University of California, Riverside

The Department of Entomology invites applications for an Assistant Professor/Assistant Entomologist in the area of Insect Evolutionary Genomics at the University of California, Riverside. Position available July 1, 2014, tenure-track position, 9-month appointment, 25% IR/75% OR. Appointment level and salary commensurate with experience. Ph.D. degree in Entomology, Genetics, Genomics, Bioinformatics, Evolution, Ecology, or a related discipline required; postdoctoral research experience is preferred. The emphasis of research will be on the analysis of genome-scale data to reveal insect evolutionary relationships and identify specific pathways, genes, and mutations driving insect diversification and ecological adaptation. Candidates with experience using population genomic, systems biology, and/or phylogenomic approaches in non-model insects are strongly encouraged to apply. Discovery and development of novel genetic targets for pestiferous insect control in support of the mission of the Agricultural Experiment Station ( are encouraged. Teaching responsibilities include mentoring of graduate students, participation in undergraduate instruction, as well as a graduate course taught in an area of interest. Interactions with the other research groups in interdepartmental programs are encouraged. Applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statements of research interests, teaching interests and philosophy, up to three select reprints of publications or manuscripts in press, and arrange for four confidential letters of recommendation to be sent to:

Questions regarding this position should be directed to Professor J. Daniel Hare, Chair of the Insect Evolutionary Genomics Search Committee at Review of applications will begin January 3, 2014, but this position will remain open until filled. Information about the Entomology Department and an expanded description can be found on the website:

Mathematical and Computational Evolutionary Biology 2014

The 2014 meeting will take place at Hameau de l'Etoile, in the Montpellier region (France), June 15-19. This year a special focus will be given to the applications of mathematical and computational evolutionary biology to the study of biodiversity in all its aspects: from its conservation to its ecology and evolution, from the diversity within a genome, to that between individuals within a species and that between species in an ecosystem. The number of attendees will be limited (~60), so as to favor small group interaction. See for full details.

How can SSB better serve the systematics community?

Hello SSB members,
At the 2013 SSB council meeting, we had a lengthy discussion about how well the society and the journal are serving our members. This included topics such as increasing open access publication, better supporting empirical studies and initiating more activities beyond publishing a journal.

We would like to hear your opinions on these issues. Please take 10-15 minutes to complete the following survey about the role of the Systematic Biology journal and the Society of Systematic Biologists:

Paleovirology: Insights from the genomic fossil record

Royal Society Publishing has just published Paleovirology: Insights from the genomic fossil record, compiled and edited by Aris Katzourakis.
This content can be accessed at A print version is also available at the special price of £35.00. You can order online via the above web page (enter special code TB 1626 when prompted) or, alternatively, you can contact

A Framework for Post-Phylogenetic Systematics

A Framework for Post-Phylogenetic Systematics, by R. H. Zander, is now available on Amazon. From the back cover:

The Framework reframes biological systematics to reconcile classical and cladistic schools. It combines scientific intuition and statistical inference in a new form of total evidence analysis developing a joint macroevolutionary process-based causal theory. Discrepancies between classical results and morphological and molecular cladograms are explained through heterophyletic inference of deep ancestral taxa, coarse priors leading to Bayesian Solution of total evidence, self-nesting ladders that can reverse branching order, and a superoptimization protocol that aids in distinguishing pseudoextinction from budding evolution. It determines direction of transformative evolution through Dollo evaluation at the taxon level. The genus as a basic, practical unit of evolution is postulated for taxa with dissilient evolution.

SUNY PostDoc in phenomics-based phylogenetics

Campus Description: Stony Brook University has established itself as one of America's most dynamic public universities, a center of academic excellence and a leader in health education, patient care and research. Listed among the top 1 percent of all universities in the world by Times Higher Education World University Rankings, Stony Brook is home to more than 24,000 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students and more than 13,500 faculty and staff, including those employed at Stony Brook Medicine, Long Island's premier academic medical center and teaching hospital. With 597 beds, Stony Brook Hospital is the region's only tertiary care center and Regional Trauma Center. The University is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities and co-manager of nearby Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Descriptive Title: Postdoctoral AssociateREF#: HS-R-8145-13-09-S
Budget Title: same as aboveResearch Foundation Professional Position
Department: Anatomical SciencesRF Line#: R0718000
Grade: E.89Campus: Stony Brook West Campus/HSC
Salary: $US38,000 - $US42,000

SSB sponsors phyloseminar

The Society of Systematic Biologists is proud to support phyloseminar. Run by Frederick "Erick" Matsen (@ematsen), phyloseminar (which you can also follow on Twitter as@phyloseminar) is a series of online seminars covering just about every topic in phylogenetics. Broadcasting first started in 2009, and recent seminars have covered topics as diverse as Carl Woese's legacy, phylogenetics and cultural evolution, protein thermodynamics, and phylogenetics tools for R.

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.

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