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


  • 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'

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 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 ; 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.).

University of California, Davis Tenure-track Evolution of Organismal Diversity

The College of Biological Sciences, University of California, Davis invites applications and nominations for a tenure-track position in the Department of Evolution and Ecology at the ASSISTANT level, with the possibility of ASSOCIATE appointment with tenure. Candidates must have a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in the biological sciences or related fields. They should have a strong record of integrative approaches to the evolution of organismal diversity. We seek candidates with expertise in the organismal biology/natural history of a multicellular group, and whose research uses genomic data in an explicitly phylogenetic context to address questions in macroevolution, ecology, behavior and/or development. The successful candidate will be expected to teach in the department's undergraduate program and in the Population Biology Graduate Group and should be committed to departmental service. Applicants should submit materials online at:

which contains additional information about the position. These should include: curriculum vitae, description of current and projected research, summary of teaching interests and experience, and up to five publications. Applicants should also provide the information requested for three referees. Once entered, referees will be prompted by email with upload instructions for their letters. Closing Date: Open until filled, but all application materials, including letters of recommendation, must be received by February 6, 2012, to assure full consideration. Administrative contact: Carla Munoz ( Faculty contacts: Peter Wainwright, Michael Turelli, and Rick Grosberg. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the development of a climate that supports equality of opportunity and respect for differences.

Assistant or Associate Curator of Ornithology American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York is inviting applications for a curatorial position at the Assistant or Associate Curator level in the Division of Vertebrate Zoology, Department of Ornithology. This is a tenure track position with the salary and duration of review for tenure being negotiable depending on the candidate's degree of professional experience and accomplishment.

We seek candidates whose research addresses fundamental questions involving the systematics and evolutionary biology of living birds. The successful candidate will have an accomplished record of scholarship and publication as well as capabilities for leadership within the Division and Department. Candidates who can contribute to Museum initiatives in genomics, phenomics (large-scale phenotypic analysis), and to the global exploration of avian diversity are especially encouraged to apply. Collection and/or field-based research are highly desirable. The ability to communicate effectively within the scholarly community and to a larger public is important. AMNH curators are expected to maintain a high level of productivity in original research, to provide curatorial oversight of relevant collections, and to seek extramural funding. Other responsibilities may include serving on committees and participating in Museum sponsored exhibits and educational programs, and in the Comparative Biology Ph.D. program at the Richard Gilder Graduate School. Candidates should have postdoctoral or professional employment experience.

Upcoming courses within Distributed European School of Taxonomy

The Distributed European School of Taxonomy (DEST, provides a high quality training that prepares students for future taxonomic careers. Courses are open to participants from Europe and outside of Europe.

Upcoming courses within the Modern Taxonomy programme:

Upcoming courses within the Expert-in-training programme:

Have a look now as registration deadlines are getting near!