U.S. Workshop on DNA Banking

The U.S. Workshop on DNA Banking will be held at the Drury Inn & Suites Forest Park in St. Louis, MO on January 3–4, 2013 under the auspices of the Missouri Botanical Garden and through the support of the National Science Foundation. The workshop will bring together representatives of natural history institutions and academic research programs to discuss means of encouraging development and utilization of DNA banks, increasing networking among American DNA banks, and responding to the anticipated needs of the systematics and barcoding communities. Taxonomic groups including plants, animals, fungi, and protists will be represented. Discussion sessions will guide the production of a white paper of recommendations. Interested parties can register to attend until Nov. 30 (or until the maximum number of participants has been reached) using the link below; a registration fee of $125 is requested to cover participants’ costs. Please email wendy.applequist@mobot.org if you have any questions.

Systematic Botanist (Research Botanist) Smithsonian Institution

The Department of Botany of the Smithsonian Institution
National Museum of Natural History seeks a systematic botanist for a full-time research position, initially as a four-year term appointment. Candidates should have demonstrated expertise that emphasizes innovative as well as conventional application ofsystematic techniques/theory, utilizing modern methods of comparative morphology and tools such as molecular phylogenetics. Candidates should also have expertise in additional fields, such as biogeography, biodiversity and conservation, floristics, informatics, or theoretical systematics. Candidates with a recognized research program on the systematics of lichens, ferns, marine algae, or a major angiosperm group such as Asteraceae, Fabaceae, Melastomataceae, and Rubiaceae, in which the US National Herbarium has strong holdings, may be given preference. The position will be filled at the GS-12 level with a starting salary of $74,872. U.S. citizenship is required. Applicants must have demonstrated ability to establish an externally funded research program, and to conduct fieldwork and/or collection building. See announcement number 13A-JW-297816-DEU-NMNH at www.sihr.si.edu or www.usajobs.gov for details about the application process for this position. To learn more about the Smithsonian’s Botany Department, see http://botany.si.edu/. Applications must be received online by November 15, 2012 and must reference the announcement number. Applicants will be notified by email when their applications are received.

Biodiversity Informatician - Arizona State University

The School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University invites applications for a Biodiversity Informatician. This is an academic, non-tenure track faculty research associate appointment.

Arizona State University is a dynamic, progressive university dedicated to interdisciplinary collaborations, to rethinking university education, and to integrating excellence in both research and teaching. The School of Life Sciences (SOLS) at Arizona State University's Tempe campus is committed to strengthening its impact in the fields of biodiversity informatics research and virtual collections management. SOLS maintains organismal collections totaling more than 1.5 million preserved specimens, and has played an instrumental role in creating the Southwest Environmental Information Network (SEINet) which serves more than 2 million records and 100,000 images on-line.

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.