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ESA 2014 presentation – Aligning insect phylogenies: Perelleschus and other cases

Slides are up for the Euler/X Perelleschus (+) presentation at Entomology 2014.

Franz 2014 ESA Aligning Insect Phylogenies Perelleschus and Other Cases from taxonbytes

Alameda Grand Opening on October 2nd, 2014

The School of Life Sciences’ newly renovated and now fully active space for the Natural History Collections, Informatics and Outreach Group is celebrating a Grand Opening on the afternoon/evening of October 2nd, 2014. The event will introduce the greater ASU community and other interested groups to the facilities and affiliated research and learning programs at Alameda. The Grand Opening will include a ribbon cutting, exhibits, and guided tours through the collections and outreach spaces.

New publication: Symbiota software platform

With lead author Corinna Gries of the University of Wisconsin, two Franz Lab members have a new publication in the Biodiversity Data Journal reviewing the Symbiota software platform. Symbiota has become popular with a broad range of North American collections networks and is gaining support in Central America as well.

Citation:

  • Gries, C., E.E. Gilbert & N.M. Franz. 2014. Symbiota – a virtual platform for creating voucher-based biodiversity information communities. Biodiversity Data Journal 2: e1114 (24 Jun 2014). doi: 10.3897/BDJ.2.e1114. Link to Open Access publication.

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InsectARium project featured on the junaio Blog

Our group’s virtual insect collection outreach is featured at the junaio Blog under the title “InsectARium – Beyond a Bug in a Box”. The link to the original blog post is here.

Weekly reading: Wiens on why biogeography matters

This week’s reading, our last for the Fall 2013 semester, will again tackle the relationships between different short- to longer-term time scales and ‘proper’ methods in historical biogeography. And why this matters. Hopefully an apt ending to the semester’s suite of papers. Leading candidate topics for next semester are character coding, inference methods and their conceptual underpinnings, and comparative phylogenetic methods. To be decided on soon.

Wiens, J.J. 2012. Why biogeography matters: historical biogeography vs. phylogeography and community phylogenetics for inferring ecological and evolutionary processes. Frontiers of Biogeography 4(3): 1-8. Available on-line here.