Monthly Archives: March 2013

Turtle Genome Released!

The first paper on the Chrysemys picta genome came out today in Genome Biology. The paper is only the tip of the iceberg in terms of interesting questions that are currently being explored using these data, but it’s satisfying to

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Posted in genomics, herps, informatics, phylogenetics

March Herp Night

Herp group will meet on Wednesday evening (20 March 2013) at Biomed B103. I’ll give a talk about the California Species of Special concern project that my collaborators and I are currently wrapping up. Conservation of Amphibians and Reptiles in

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Posted in conservation, herps

HIMB Pauley Program June 2013

This June, Zac Forsman, Ingrid Knapp, and Rob Toonen will host an immersive and innovative workshop at the Hawaii Institute for Marine Biology Advancing tools for biodiversity studies: Genomics and bioinformatics of cnidarians with a focus on corals Should be a great

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Posted in conservation, informatics, phylogenetics, teaching, travel

Increased protection for 44 species of Asian Turtles and 3 U.S. species

Turtles and tortoises are the most threatened of any other major groups of terrestrial vertebrates (such as birds, mammals, amphibians).  Recently, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has approved proposals to increase

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Bodega Workshop Photos


Posted in herps, phylogenetics, travel

Bodega Student Talks

Caroline, Áki, and Mike gave great talks at this year’s Bodega Workshop.  

Posted in phylogenetics, travel

Trees in motion

I received a request the other day for one of my old figures that interactively displays the data from my 2010 BMC Biology paper on the growth of phylogenetic knowledge. It was still sitting on my old server space at

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Posted in informatics, phylogenetics

Painted Turtle Genome

The Washington University Genome Center recently posted the web page for the Painted Turtle genome project. The full assembly is also available on GenBank.

Posted in herps, informatics

2013 Bodega Bay Workshop

Bob and Caroline are spending the week at the 2013 Workshop in Applied Phylogenetics at Bodega Bay. Find out more about the workshop and what is going on at our new website.

Posted in phylogenetics, travel