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Bodega 2017

I’ve been spending the week teaching in the Bodega Marine Lab for the 2017 Workshop in Applied Phylogenetics. It’s been a fun week of statistics, phylogenies, data analysis, and beautiful weather. This year, Jeremy Brown (@jembrown) and I put together

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Posted in genomics, informatics, phylogenetics, teaching, travel

Postdoctoral Position Available

We’re looking for a postdoc to join the team. Please share the ad below with any colleagues that may be interested. Postdoctoral position in phylogenetics and bioinformatics at the University of Hawaii The Thomson Lab is looking for a postdoctoral

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Posted in informatics, lab, phylogenetics, UH

Emilie Defends

Hearty congratulations to Emilie Richards who successfully defended her masters thesis yesterday! Emilie’s work focuses on characterizing the performance of model assessment tests for phylogenomic datasets. She gave a great talk on an interesting, important project that she’ll be submitting

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Posted in genomics, informatics, lab, phylogenetics, UH

September Herp Night

Exploring species diversity in Southeast Asian Sun Skinks Anthony Barley Thursday September 24, 2015. 3rd Floor Edmondson Hall.   Herp night this month will take place 6pm Thursday on the 3rd floor of Edmondson Hall. Anthony Barley will be talking

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Posted in genomics, herps, Natural History, phylogenetics, travel, UH

Caroline Defends!

Congratulations to Caroline, who defended her Masters last week!

Posted in conservation, herps, lab, Natural History, phylogenetics, UH

2015 Bodega Bay Workshop in Applied Phylogenetics

Applications for the 2015 Bodega Bay Phylogenetics course are now being accepted (deadline is January 10th). The course provides an in-depth and hands on introduction to statistical phylogenetic and comparative methods. Topics include model selection and inference for phylogeny, divergence

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Posted in phylogenetics, teaching

On building a small cluster

Upon request from a reader, I just put up a quick post over at that discusses our lab’s cluster, some general thoughts and pros and cons of doing a self build, versus buying, versus just sticking with shared resources.

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Posted in informatics, lab, phylogenetics

More on microRNAs

Casey Dunn has new commentary up at PNAS on our recently published microRNA paper. Check it out here. Dunn, CW (2014) Reconsidering the phylogenetic utility of miRNA in animals. PNAS.doi:10.1073/pnas.1413545111.

Posted in genomics, informatics, phylogenetics

microRNAs in Phylogenetics

Our paper on the use of microRNAs for phylogenetic inference is out today in the early edition at PNAS. A news story on the paper is also up at Nature, along with a news highlight at PNAS. Fun fact: The turtle

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Posted in genomics, phylogenetics

Pond Turtles

KCET has a nice story on our recent paper proposing new species boundaries for the western pond turtle.

Posted in conservation, genomics, herps, phylogenetics