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The Systematics Discussion Group meets at noon on Thursdays during the spring and fall semesters in BioSci 144.

Starting Fall 2016 the SDG will be merging with Evo-Devo.


Schedule for Spring 2018: 





2/1/18George TileyDuke (Yoder Lab)

Detecting whole genome duplications and unraveling patterns of gene duplication in plants

2/15/18Xiang JiUCLA / NC StatePhylogenetic approaches to quantify interlocus gene conversion
2/22/18Brian WiegmannNC State

Phylogenomics to resolve the evolutionary history of diversification in flies and mosquitoes

3/8/18Rachel WilliamsDuke (Yoder Lab)The evolutionary history of Madagascar's dwarf lemurs
3/22/18Allen HurlbertUNCThe origin and maintenance of biodiversity gradients: identifying the rules of life
4/12/18Bonnie BlaimerNC StateDiversity and evolution of ants and bees using community-level and phylogenomic approaches

Schedule for Fall 2017: 





9/21/17Ian MedeirosDuke (Lutzoni Lab)The lichen family Graphidaceae in South Africa: Status of an ongoing taxonomic revision
9/28/17Ivan PratesSmithsonian InstitutionClimate-driven habitat shifts in Amazonia: Biogeography, historical demography, and population genomics of anole lizards
10/5/17Karn ImwattanaDuke (Shaw Lab)

Superhydrophobic surface and water relations of the moss Philonotis hastata:
an adaptation to places with excess water

10/12/17Andy CrowlDuke (Manos Lab)Evolution and biogeography of Campanulaceae: global patterns to shallow, species-level processes in the Mediterranean Basin
10/19/17Kathleen SmithDuke (Smith Lab)Evo and devo adaptations in marsupials
10/26/17Sasha Makohon-MooreDuke (Wray Lab)Primate iPSCs provide insights into the evolution of adipocytes
11/2/17Josef UyedaVirginia TechThe macroevolutionary dynamics of adaptive landscapes
11/9/17Lori SchweikertDuke (Johnsen Lab)New models of light-sensing circuitry from the retina and skin of vertebrates
11/16/17Nicholas LevisUNCPlasticity-first evolution in nature

Schedule for Spring 2017: 





2/9/17Benjamin RedelingsDukeErasing errors due to alignment ambiguity when estimating positive selection
2/23/17Irene LiaoDukeHow a flower lost its SWEETness: insights into nectar reduction
3/2/17Kenneth McKennaDukeAllometry: evolutionary constraint or source of evolvability?
3/9/17Amy GladfelterUNCNuclear competition, isolationism, and cooperation in fungal syncytia
3/23/17Emily SessaUniv. of FloridaFern tales at two scales: Using phylogenetics to study historical biogeography in Africa and community assembly in Florida
4/6/17John McVayDuke
Evolution of the Gambel oak and the lobed-leaf white oaks of Western North America
4/13/17Kara PowderClemson

Identifying the genomic basis of craniofacial development and evolution using cichlid fishes

4/20/17David ButtonNC State / NC Museum of Natural SciencesReaching convergence: biomechanical analysis of the feeding apparatus indicates conserved functional pathways in the evolution of dinosaur herbivory
4/27/17Gavin ConantNC StateA first draft of history: Gene dosage, hybridization and innovation in the evolution of polyploid genomes

Schedule for Fall 2016: 






Dave SwoffordDukeIs it time for a new look at quartet-based invariant methods for phylogenetics?
9/22/16Ceri WeberDukeSome like it hot: how temperature determines sex in the red eared slider turtle
9/29/16Juan Carlos VillarrealLaval UniversityFrom the tropics to the arctic: biodiversity and plant-cyanobacterial symbiosis
10/13/16Nenette Nascone-YoderNC StateAhead of the curve: mechanisms of left-right asymmetric stomach morphogenesis
10/20/16James PeaseWake ForestUntangling the knot: genomic approaches to complex phylogenies
10/27/16Tom StewartYaleThe genetic basis of digit identity and the evolution of serial homologs
11/3/16Andrew PaisNC StateMolecular characterization of local adaptation of natural flowering dogwood populations (C. florida) to fungal pathogens and environmental stress
11/10/16Darin PenneysUNC - WilmingtonMelastomataceae: phylogeny and plant-animal interactions
12/8/16Carlos Pardo De la HozDukeCryptic biodiversity and symbiotic patterns of association within the tri-membered section Chloropeltigera (Peltigeraceae)

Schedule for Spring 2016: 





Fay-wei LeeFern genes, genomes, symbiomes, and their implications for agriculture
1/21/16Deirdre LyonsThe slipper snail steps into the fast lane: Crepidula as a model for Evo-Devo
1/28/16Nhu NguyenPhylogenetics, diversity, and ecology of Suillus, the Slippery Jack mushrooms
2/11/16Gisella CacconeEvolutionary genetics and conservation of giant Galapagos tortoises
2/18/16Nathan HartleyPhytophylogenetics in Pennsylvanian wetlands and a floristic inventory of Ranatra Pond
2/25/16Pelin VolkanNon-uniform evolution of olfactory circuit development underlying behavioral specializations in Drosophila
3/3/16Daniel MatuteThe genetic basis of inviability in Drosophila hybrids
3/10/16Ko-Hsuan Chen

From field collection to metatranscriptome: fungal communities structured by a senescent gradient in the moss Dicranum scoparium

3/24/16Jessie UehlingGreat fleas, little fleas, and lesser fleas: a comparative genomic study of endosymbiotic bacteria living in fungi associated with plant roots
4/7/16Jessica NelsonThe liverwort Marchantia polymorpha as a system for testing fungal endophyte functions
4/14/16Alija MujicOut of Western North America: systematics and phylogeography of Rhizopogon subgenus Villosuli based on genome-scale sequence typing
4/21/16Tracey SteinbruckenEndophytes, dieback and invasive plants
4/28/16Alejandro RojasOomycete community diversity: the soybean root rot complex

Schedule for Spring 2015: 





Abbe La Bella

A historical/phylogenetic perspective on connectivity between populations of a chemosymbiotic deep sea clam


Megan Martik

Deployment of a retinal determination gene subcircuit for multipotent progenitor directed cell migration in the sea urchin


Amanda Cass

The genetic basis of morphological novelty in vertebrate air-filled organs


Maya Yamato

Hearing under water: the evolution and ontogeny of whale ears


Sunny LiaoGenetics of host-specificity and function in ectomycorrhizal fungi (EMF): Suillus-Pinus model


Edgar Medina

Deep origin of opisthokonta opsin-like GPCRs and halorhodopsins supports opsin convergent evolution


Thomas Boothby

Life without water: how do tardigrades survive extreme conditions?


James Beck

Think inside the cabinet: genetic and genomic adventures with large sets of museum specimens


Erich Jarvis

Dissecting the molecular mechanisms of vocal learning and spoken language


Peter Larsen

From 2x to 100x: lemur genomics in the fast lane


Joseph Spatafora

Evolution of the Rhizopogon-Pseudotsuga symbiosis


Brian Arbogast

Cryptic speciation in North American flying squirrels and the Australian greater glider


Mike Barker

Exploring the divergent fates of polyploid species

Schedule for Fall 2014:

9/4/2014Yan YuRASP (Reconstruct Ancestral State in Phylogenies): a tool for historical biogeography
9/18/2014Chris NasrallahAncestral (mis)identification and the allele frequency spectrum
9/25/2014Kacy GordonUsing transgenic C. elegans to interrogate cis-regulatory DNA function from closely and distantly related nematodes
10/2/2014Renee JohansenExploring the biogeography of fungi in dune grass roots with next generation sequencing
10/16/2014Matt JohnsonGenerating phylogenetic datasets from targeted sequence capture in non-model organisms
10/23/2014Frank SmithThe walking heads: evolution of the tardigrade body plan
10/30/2014John McVayPhylogeny and evolution of the oaks (Quercus L.) of the Americas
11/6/2014Mansi SrivastavaThe evolution of regeneration: insights from a new acoel model species
11/13/2014Victoria SorkLandscape and ecological genomics of a California endemic oak, Quercus lobata
11/20/2014Dave SwoffordSharks! Part deux: New filtering and partitioning methods for phylogenomic analyses
12/11/2014Fred NijhoutCauses and consequences of robustness and plasticity: two sides of the same coin
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