We are meeting this semester (Spring 2024) on Mondays 3-4pm in Gant W416. Subscribe to systematics listserv to receive emails containing connection information (or write to someone listed in Contact Info).

January 22, 2024

This first meeting, those who are registered will sign up for a paper and date to lead, and we’ll have an informal discussion of what everyone’s working on and why they chose the paper they did.

January 29, 2024

Frank’s choice:

S Tarasov. 2023. new phylogenetic Markov models for inapplicable morphological characters. Systematic Biology 72(3):681-693. DOI: 10.1093/sysbio/syad005

February 5, 2024

Chelsea: M Zimova, BC Weeks, DE Willard, ST Giery, V Jirinec, RC Burner, and BM Winger. 2023. Body size predicts the rate of contemporary morphological change in birds. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA. 120(20):e2206971120. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2206971120

February 12, 2024

Analisa: A Thompson, B Liebeskind, EJ Scully, M Landis. 2024. Deep learning and likelihood approaches for viral phylogeography converge on the same answers whether the inference model is right or wrong. Systematic Biology DOI: 10.1093/sysbio/syad074

February 19, 2024

Mark: GE Budd and RP Mann. 2023. Two notorious nodes: a critical examination of relaxed molecular clock age estimates of the bilaterian animals and placental mammals. Systematic Biology Advance Access 10.1093/sysbio/syad057

February 26, 2024

Nick: LM Wootton, F Forest, and GA Verboom. 2023. Consilience across multiple, independent genomic data sets reveals species in a complex with limited phenotypic variation. Systematic Biology 72(4):753-766. DOI:10.1093/sysbio/syad024

March 4, 2024

Frank: Y Kiat and JK O’Connor. 2024. Functional constraints on the number and shape of flight feathers. PNAS 121(8):e2306639121 DOI:10.1073/pnas.2306639121

March 11, 2024

No class, spring break week

March 18, 2024

Chelsea: He et al. 2024. Challenges and opportunities in applying AI to evolutionary morphology. EcoRXiv https://doi.org/10.32942/X2S315

March 25, 2024

Analisa: J Truskowski, A Perrico, D. Broman₃ F. Ronquist, and A. Antonelli. 2023. Online tree expansion could help solve the problem of scalability in Bayesian phylogenetics. Systematic Biology 72:1199–1206. DOI:10.1093/sysbio/syad045

April 1, 2024

Mark: C Zhang, F Ronquist, and T Stadler. 2023. Skyline fossilized birth-death model is robust to violations of sampling assumptions in total-evidence dating. Systematic Biology 72(6):1316-1336. DOI:10.1093/sysbio/syad054

April 8, 2024

Today we will discuss systematics while watching projections of the eclipse!

April 15, 2024

Nick: FT Burbrink, BI Crother, CM Murray, BT Smith, S Ruane, EA Myers, RA Pyron. 2022. Empirical and philosophical problems with the subspecies rank. Ecology and Evolution 12:e9069. DOI:10.1002/ece3.9069

April 22, 2024