Interested in the use of phylogenetic methods in evolutionary biology?

Phylogenetic methods have become increasingly necessary to address questions at all levels of biological diversity, ranging from the evolution of molecules, to organisms and communities. The Phylogenetics Reading Group meets once a week and different participants choose relevant papers and lead a discussion.  All students, postdocs, and faculty are welcome - the goal being to gain a broader understanding of phylogenetic methods and their application to the investigation of evolutionary questions in biological systems.

Graduate students are encouraged to enroll for credit (1), but enrollment is not mandatory for participation (UI - BIOL 504).  If interested, please contact Dave Tank (dtank [at] for more information.

Example topics include

  1. Phylogeny reconstruction (e.g., species tree estimation, divergence time estimation)

  2. Phylogenetic comparative methods (e.g., models of trait evolution, diversification rates)

  3. Ecological phylogenetics (e.g., community assemblage, species interactions)

  4. Historical biogeography & phylogeography

  5. Phylogenomics

  6. Phyloinformatics (e.g., data mining, analysis of large data sets)