October PhyloPizza

Our next PhyloPizza event will take place Tuesday, October 14, at 5:30 in the National Museum of Natural History’s Vertebrate Zoology Seminar Room (WG-33). Graham Slater will give a talk entitled “Putting the Fourth Dimension Back in Macroevolution: Fossil, Phylogenies, and the Evolution of Morphological Diversity.” Join us! Keep up to date with future events here. Flier for this event here.


New content!

The Braun Lab is busy as a woodpecker and the webpage is getting all sorts of new content! Check out photos from Mike and Brian’s expedition to Guyana, as well as from our recent Frontiers in Phylogenetics Symposium. Also take a gander at the new ‘Red Siskin Recovery Project’ page, and get in touch if you have any questions!

Royal Amazon Flycatcher

Symposium Report

The Fourth Annual Frontiers in Phylogenetics Symposium entitled “Genome-Scale Phylogenetics: Analyzing the Data” was held on September 15, 2014 in the Warner Brothers Theatre, National Museum of American History. The event was sponsored by the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, the Office of the Undersecretary of Science and the Laboratories of Analytical Biology as well as the Washington Area Phylogenetics Consortium. Michael Braun, NMNH, and Guillermo Orti, GWU, were lead organizers for this event. Over 325 people representing over 90 institutions were registered for this symposium and 650 computers were tuned to the live webcast. Watch a recording of the symposium at Ustream (archived in 3 parts): Part 1, Part 2, Part 3. Stay tuned for some photos from the occasion! The program is available here.


L-R: Derrick Zwickl, Luay Nakhleh, Kevin Kocot, Guillermo Orti, Dave Swofford, Bastien Boussau, Lacey Knowles and Ingo Ebersberger

Congrats on the new publication, HC!

Congratulations to postdoc HC Lim (and friends) on a very recent publication in the journal, The Auk. The paper is entitled “Divergence history of the Rufous-tailed Tailorbird (Orthotomus sericeus) of Sundaland: Implications for the biogeography of Palawan and the taxonomy of island species in general,” and a PDF of it can be found here.

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