Systematics Seminar

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This is the home page of the UConn EEB department's Systematics Seminar (EEB 6486). This is a graduate seminar devoted to issues of interest to graduate students and faculty who make up the systematics program at the University of Connecticut.

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Meeting time and place

For the Spring 2012 semester, we are meeting in the Bamford Room (TLS 171B) Mondays 3-4pm

Monday, 23 January 2012

At this meeting we will discuss possible themes for this semester's seminar, but just to get the ball rolling I have uploaded a short Nature paper for us to discuss:

Pdficon small.gifSmith et al. 2011. Resolving the evolutionary relationships of molluscs with phylogenomic tools. Nature 480:364-367 (Dec. 2011). doi:10.1038/nature10526

Images created from the data sets provided online showing extent of missing data. The color red indicates new data collected for this study, black indicates existing data, white indicates missing data. Note, if you choose to display these in your browser (rather than downloading them and using Preview or Photoshop to view them), you should be aware that they are very wide but not very tall, so you will have to zoom your browser to see anything (unless you have really good eyes).


The links below are images of the same two datasets, but wrapped to 1000 pixels wide for easier viewing:


Monday, 30 January 2012

Continuing on the phylogenomic theme, Louise Lewis and Karolina Fučíková will lead a discussion on the following shakeup in the green plant tree:

Pdficon small.gifTimme, R. E., T. R. Bachvaroff and C. R. Delwiche. 2012. Broad Phylogenomic Sampling and the Sister Lineage of Land Plants. PLoS One 7: e29696.

Images created from the data sets provided online showing extent of missing data. The color black indicates existing data, white indicates missing data. Admonitions for similar images posted for last week's paper apply here as well.


The same as above, but wrapped to 1000 pixels wide (easier to see):


Monday, 6 February 2012

Switching gears a bit, Russ Meister will lead a discussion on some Mosquito phylogenetics work. Additionally he will talk about the Digital Mosquito Project he is working on.

Pdficon small.gifPhylogenetic analysis and temporal diversification of mosquitoes.pdf

Monday, 13 February 2012

Brigette Zacharczenko will discuss some of the challenges of lepidoptera systematics.

Pdficon small.gifCan Deliberately Incomplete Gene Sample Augmentation Improve a Phylogeny Estimate for the Advanced Moths and Butterflies (Hexapoda: Lepidoptera)?

Monday, 20 February 2012

Emily Ellis

Pdficon small.gifErratic rates of molecular evolution and incongruence of fossil and molecular divergence time estimates in Ostracoda

Monday, 27 February 2012

Beth Timpe

Pdficon small.gif Badets et al. 2011. Correlating Early Evolution of Parasitic Platyhelminths to Gondwana Breakup

Monday, 5 March 2012

Ursula King

Pdficon small.gifZhang et al. 2011. High-Throughput Sequencing of Six Bamboo Chloroplast Genomes: Phylogenetic Implications for Temperate Woody Bamboos (Poaceae: Bambusoideae)

Monday, 12 March 2012

SPRING BREAK - no meeting this week

Monday, 19 March 2012

Lily Lewis

Pdficon small.gifPopp et al. 2011 PNAS + SI.pdf A single Mid-Pleistocene long-distance dispersal by a bird can explain the extreme bipolar disjunction in crowberries (Empetrum).
Pdficon small.gifDonoghue Commentary PNAS 2011.pdf This is a commentary on the Popp et al. paper if you're interested.

Monday, 26 March 2012

Geert Goemans and Ben Price

Pdficon small.gifMoulton et al 2010.pdf
Pdficon small.gifJ Hered-2007-Rodríguez-243-9.pdf

Monday, 2 April 2012

Veronica Bueno

Pdficon small.gifHarrington&Near, 2012 - Phylogenetic and Coalescent Strategies of Species Delimitation in Snubnose Darters.pdf

Monday, 9 April 2012

Timothy Moore

Pdficon small.gifBarrkman et al 2007.pdf

Monday, 16 April 2012

Erica Lasek-Nesselquist will lead discussion on the following paper: Philippe, H, H. Brinkmann, DV Lavrov, DTJ Littlewood, M Manuel, G Wörheide and D. Baurain. 2011. Resolving difficult phylogenetic questions: why more sequences are not enough. PLoS Biology 9(3): e1000602.

Pdficon small.gifpbio.1000602.pdf

Monday, 23 April 2012 ⇐

Chris Owen will present the following paper: Sanderson, M.J., M.M. McMahon, and M. Steel. 2010. Phylogenomics with incomplete taxon coverage: the limits to inference. BMC Evolutionary Biology 10:155.
Pdficon small.gifSanderson et al. 2010.pdf

Past Systematics Seminars