Distributed European School of Taxonomy - Training programmes 2012-2013

DEST – Training programmes 2012-2013
The Distributed European School of Taxonomy (DEST, http://www.taxonomytraining.eu), originally funded by the EC in the framework of the EDIT project, has launched two types of training courses at various European research facilities and universities. The programme is open to participants from Europe and outside of Europe.

The Modern Taxonomy programme 2012-2013 offers intensive theoretical courses in subjects as varied as nomenclature; describing, writing and illustrating biodiversity; and phylogenetic systematics.

Tenure Track Positions in Fungal Evolution

The College of Biological Sciences at the University of Minnesota announces up to two tenure-track positions in fungal biology at the assistant professor or associate professor level. The position(s) will complement a faculty cluster focused on plant and fungal evolution. Research that facilitates collaborations in evolutionary genomics, phylogenetic systematics, evolutionary ecology, molecular biology or cellular biology of fungi is of special interest. We welcome applicants working in any area of fungal biology and are particularly interested in those whose research explores the interface between organismal and genetic approaches to the study of evolutionary processes.

Call for SSB symposia at Evolution 2013

SSB invites proposals for symposia to be held Evolution 2013 in Snowbird, UT.

The society will sponsor two symposia, each consisting of 4-6 talks to occur over two sessions (i.e., during the morning or afternoon). Organizers of proposals should include a short description of the organizing theme of the proposed symposium, a list of speakers with affiliations, and contact information for the organizers. Funds are available for travel costs for speakers.

Members who are interested in submitting a proposal are encouraged to contact Bryan Carstens (bryan.c.carstens@gmail.com) prior to submission. To submit a proposal, please send a pdf of your proposal to Bryan by October 1st, 2012.

Frontiers in Phylogenetics Spring Symposium: Sequence Alignment and Tree Estimation

Baird Auditorium
National Museum of Natural History
Washington, DC
Sunday May 20, 2012, 9 AM to 5 PM

TOPICS and SPEAKERS

  • Introduction and Welcome to the Smithsonian Jonathan Coddington, Associate Director of Research and Collections, NMNH
  • An Overview of Multiple Sequence Alignment Methods Kazutaka Katoh, IFReC, Osaka University, Japan; CBRC, AIST, Japan.
  • Phylogenomics Across the Green Plant Tree of Life Jim Leebens-Mack, University of Georgia
  • Bayesian Co-estimation of Alignment and Phylogeny Ben Redelings, National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCENT)
  • Phylogeny-aware Progressive Sequence Alignment Ari Löytynoja, Institute of Biotechnology, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • SATe: Simultaneous Alignment and Tree Estimation for Large Datasets Tandy Warnow, University of Texas at Austin
  • Fast and Accurate Multiple Sequence/Structure Alignment Using MAFFTash Daron Standley, Systems Immunology Lab, Immunology Frontier Research Center (IFReC), Osaka University
  • A Simple Insertion-­Deletion Mixture Model for Phylogenetic Inference Derrick Zwickl, University of Arizona
  • Impact of DNA Sequence Alignment on Estimates of the Avian Tree of Life Michael Braun, National Museum of Natural History

Registration is free but required. Please send name, affiliation, e-mail and phone number to Sarah Kingston (kingstons 'at' si.edu).

III Moscow International Conference “Molecular Phylogenetics MolPhy-3”, 31 July – 04 August, 2012


The organizing committee is pleased to announce the 3rd Moscow international conference on molecular phylogenetics, «Molecular Phylogenetics MolPhy-3», which will take place at the New School Building of Moscow State University, 31 July - 4 August 2012.

The conference mission is to provide a stimulating platform for the exchange of ideas and experiences in contemporary phylogenetics, molecular evolution and bioinformatics, and for developing methodology, algorithms, and applications for state-of-the-art analyses of molecular genetic data. The primary scope is in molecular phylogenetics and systematics, phyloinformatics, evolutionary genomics, reconstructing the Tree of Life, and applied phylogenetics.

Postdoctoral fellowship in population genetics of insular snakes - University Of São Paulo/Fapesp

The Laboratory of Herpetology of the Museum of Zoology of the University of São Paulo seeks a highly motivated scientist with experience in molecular biology and genetics to receive a 24 month FAPESP Postdoctoral Fellowship (monthly salary: R$ 5,333.40, relocation funding available; for more information visit http://www.fapesp.br/en/5427). The successful applicant will employ next generation sequencing methods to produce large amounts of genomic data to study the colonization processes of snakes species in the insular formations of the Galapagos Archipelago, Brazilian continental islands, Lesser Antilles, and Baja California as part of the project “Origin and evolution of snakes and their diversification in the Neotropics: a multidisciplinary approach,” which aims to investigate the systematics, phylogeny, ecology, and biogeography of Neotropical snakes.

iEvoBio 2012 Challenge: Synthesizing phylogenies

The iEvoBio 2012 Challenge has been announced, and the topic is synthesizing phylogenies. The task:

Somewhere, buried in large sets of trees, lies a stunning new revelation, a baffling discovery, the answer to a longstanding controversy, or simply something not obvious to the naked eye. The mission of the 2012 iEvoBio challenge is to find those revelations, discoveries and answers within your own data and/or within one of the datasets provided by the challenge. What new scientifically interesting results can you pull from these trees, using any combination of techniques at your disposal?

São Paulo School of Advanced Sciences - Evolution (SPSAS-evo)

We are pleased to announce the São Paulo School of Advanced Sciences - Evolution (SPSAS-evo) to be held in August 19-31, 2012, in Ilhabela, São Paulo, Brazil. This is the 6th edition of an ambitious initiative by the Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (FAPESP), whose main purpose is to bring together leading experts and outstanding students/post-docs from all over the world in order to advance areas considered strategic for Brazilian science.

SPSAS-evo will be a two-week course centered on a range of topics in Evolutionary Biology taught by a host of world class experts conducting cutting-edge research in Evolution. The main goals are to generate authoritative outreach material focused on Evolution and to showcase ongoing research in São Paulo, aiming at attracting the most promising students, post-docs and young faculty to the state of São Paulo.

Systematics beyond phylogenetics: Annual meeting of the Société Française de Systématique - 2012

10 October 2012, Amphitheater of the INEE, 3 rue Michel-Ange, 75016 Paris.
The next annual meeting of the Société Française de Systématique (SFS ; http://sfs.snv.jussieu.fr/) will address the issue of "Systematics beyond phylogenetics". The meeting will emphasize the central but often underestimated role that phylogenies (and hence, systematics) play in modern evolutionary and comparative biology, through various techniques and in many fields (conservation biology, nomenclature, evo-devo, molecular evolution, etc.).