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 Fall 2014 semester, we are meeting in the Bamford Room (TLS 171B) Mondays 2:30-3:30pm


As the semester progresses, please feel free to add to this running list of sources of systematic error, tests for that error, methods to account for that error, and relevant literature for that error.

Systematic Error Tests for Systematic Error Programs / Methods Accounting for Systematic Error Associated Literature
Nucleotide Composition Bias Include additional taxa, RY recoding
Amino Acid Composition Bias Dayhoff recoding
Incomplete Lineage Sorting
Horizontal Gene Transfer / Hybridization / Gene Flow
Among Site Rate Heterogeneity (ASRV)
Among Lineage Rate Heterogeneity (ALRV)
Functional Convergence in Proteins / Selection Parker et al. 2013, sequence convergence in echolocating bats and cetaceans
Missing Data (?) Wiens and Moen 2008, but see

Lemmon et al. 2009

Taxon Sampling (?)
Non-Independence of Sites
Overly Restrictive Priors
Sequencing Hardware Error

Monday, 25 August 2014

At this meeting we will discuss possible themes for this semester's seminar:

Monday, 1 September 2014

Labor Day, no meeting

Monday, 8 September 2014

For this meeting, please come with an example (or examples) of a source of systematic error in datasets, and a paper that attempts to address this source of systematic error. We will use these examples and papers as a basis for discussions in upcoming weeks.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Topic: An overview of potential systematic errors found in phylogenomic data sets

Rodriguez-Ezpeleta et al. 2007, Detecting and Overcoming Systematic Errors in Genome-Scale Phylogenies

Monday, 22 September 2014

Topic: Coalescent versus Concatenation Methods and the Placement of Amborella as Sister to Water Lilies

Pdficon small.gif Xi et al. 2014

Monday, 29 September 2014

Topic: David Swofford's presentation at the Frontiers in Phylogenetics Symposium, "Filtering and Partitioning Strategies for Phylogenomic Analyses", and SVDQuartets method from Chifman and Kukatko 2014

Pdficon small.gif Chifman and Kubatko 2014

Optional (but a nice supplement to the paper above and also reviews most other species tree methods): Laura Kubatko talked about SVDQuartets in her lecture at the Woods Hole Molecular Evolution Workshop this past summer. Click on the link below, then click on "Slides (draft)" to download the PDF: the SVDQuartets explanation begins at slide 63.

Kubato lecture

Symposium talk recordings:

Part 1
Part 2 (The first half of Swofford's talk starts towards the end of this recording)
Part 3 (The second half Swofford's talk picks up at the beginning of this recording)

Symposium schedule and abstracts:

Pdficon small.gif 2014 Frontiers in Phylogenetics Symposium Schedule
Pdficon small.gif 2014 Frontiers in Phylogenetics Symposium Abstracts

Monday, 6 October 2014

Topic: Paul Lewis's presentation at Evolution 2014, "Bayesian estimation of phylogenetic information content and implications for site-stripping"

Here is the paper referenced in Paul's talk:

Pdficon small.gif Zhong B., Deusch O., Goremykin V.V., Penny D., Biggs P.J., Atherton R.A., Nikiforova S.V., Lockhart P.J. 2011. Systematic error in seed plant phylogenomics. Genome Biology and Evolution. 3:1340–1348.

Monday, 13 October 2014

Parker et al. 2013, sequence convergence in echolocating bats and cetaceans

Monday, 20 October 2014

Topic: Hybridization/reticulate evolution

Pdficon small.gif Cui, R., Schumer, M., Kruesi, K., Walter, R., Andolfatto, P., Rosenthal, G.G. 2013. Phylogenomics reveals extensive reticulate evolution in Xiphophorus fishes. Evolution. 67(8):2166-2179.

Monday, 27 October 2014

Pdficon small.gifWisecaver-Hackett-MPE 2.pdf

Monday, 3 November 2014

Pdficon small.gifNakhleh Trends In Ecology And Evolution 2013

Monday, 10 November 2014

Pdficon small.gifMol Biol Evol-2013-Roure-197-214.pdf

Monday, 17 November 2014

Monday, 1 December 2014

Past Systematics Seminars