Biosystematists

History of Meetings, 1993 to 2009



1993-1994    |    1994-1995    |    1995-1996    |    1996-1997    |    1997-1998    |    1998-1999    |    1999-2000    |    2000-2001    |    2001-2002    |    2002-2003    |    2003-2004    |    2004-2005    |    2005-2006    |    2006-2007    |    2007-2008    |

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1993-1994

September 11-12, 1993
Field excursion to the Timberline Field Station/research site for CKH Transect Transplants.

October 12, 1993, at San Francisco State University
Disruptive selection on the genetic basis of bill size polymorphism in the African finch Pyrenestes Thomas B. Smith
Host: Michael Goldman, San Francisco State Univ.

November 9, 1993, at the University of California, Davis
New look at California's endemic plant species Ledyard Stebbins, Jr. (Emeritus, UC Davis)
Host: Robin Thorp, UC Davis

January 11, 1994, at the University of California, Berkeley
Species and phylogeny: Discussion led by Brent Mishler (University and Jepson Herbaria, UC Berkeley)
Host: Barbara Ertter, UC Berkeley

February 8, 1994, at Stanford University
Carpel development in Winteraceae: separating fact from fancy Dawn Frame
Host: John Thomas, Stanford

March 8, 1994, at the California Academy of Sciences
A reformulation of the biological species definition:  Michael Ghiselin (Department of Invertebrate Biology, CAS)
Host: Tomio Iwamoto, CAS

April 12, 1994, at Sonoma State University
Anuran vocalizations and their role in systematics and behavioral ecology Phil Northen (Department of Biology, Sonoma State Univ.)
Host: Matt James, Sonoma State Univ.

May 21/22 (or 28/29), 1994
Field excursion to Mather Field Station/research site for CKH Transect Transplants

 

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1994-1995

September 13, 1994, at the University of California, Berkeley
Systematics in the plant fossil record Nan Crystal Arens (Integrative Biology and Museum of Paleontology, UC Berkeley)
Host: Brent Mishler, UC Berkeley

October 11, 1994, at the California Academy of Sciences
Has the Linnaean hierarchy outlived its usefulness?: Introduction by Jacques Gauthier (CAS) followed by short commentaries by John Strother and Brent Mishler (both University Herbaria, UC Berkeley).
Host: Michael Ghiselin, CAS

November 8, 1994, at San Francisco State University
New and old techniques in understanding patterns of rarity: Peggy Fiedler (Biology, San Francisco State University) [discussion and presentation].
Host: Mike Vasey, SFSU

December 13, 1994, at the University of California, Berkeley
Is the fossil record adequate for addressing questions of ecology and evolution?: Discussion by Mikhael Fedonkin (Paleontological Institute, Moscow and Visiting Miller Professor in Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley) and Jere Lipps and James Valentine (both Integrative Biology and Museum of Paleontology, UC Berkeley).
Host: William Clemens, UC Berkeley

January 10, 1995, at California Academy of Sciences
The economics of the fossil record: Geerat Vermeij (Geology, UC Davis)
Host: Patricia Dal Porto, CAS

February 14, 1995, at the University of California, Berkeley
Evolution of the Hawaiian silverswords: Bruce Baldwin (Jepson Herbarium and Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley), followed by tours of the University and Jepson Herbaria in their brand new quarters in the Valley Life Sciences Building.
Host: William Z. Lidicker, Jr., UC Berkeley

March 14, 1995, at the University of California, Davis
Monocot relationships -- molecules and morphology: Geeta Bharathan (Esau Fellow, Agronomy and Range Science, UC Davis), followed by discussion on conflicts between data sets in phylogenetic analysis and approaches for resolving them.
Host: James A. Doyle, UC Davis

April 11, 1995, at California State University, Hayward
Sympatric speciation in the apple maggot fly revisited Susan Opp (Biological Sciences, CSU Hayward).
Host: Rolf Benseler, CSU Hayward

Saturday, May 13, 1995, at Bodega Bay Marine Laboratory
Recognition and speciation in the sea: Presentations by Richard K. Grosberg (Evolution and Ecology, UC Davis) and Stephen R. Palumbi (Zoology, University of Hawaii), followed by a tour of the Bodega Bay Marine Lab.
Host: Dennis Hedgecock, Bodega Bay Marine Lab
 

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1995-1996

September 12, 1995, at the University of California, Berkeley
Genetic basis for species differentiation in complexes of Lepidoptera: Felix A. H. Sperling (Environmental Science, Policy and Management, UC Berkeley)
Host: William Z. Lidicker, Jr., UC Berkeley

October 17, 1995, at California Academy of Sciences
Research and conservation in the Galapagos: Matt James, John McCosker, and Marc Miller.
Host: Michael Ghiselin, CAS

November 14, 1995 at California State University, Sonoma
Recent molecular studies of avian phylogeny Charles G. Sibley (CSU Sonoma), plus a demonstration of a computerized Birds of the World.
Host: Chuck Quibell, California State University, Sonoma

December 12, 1995, at the University of California, Berkeley
Annie Montague Alexander and the Berkeley natural history museums: Barbara R. Stein (Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, UC Berkeley)
Host: William Z. Lidicker, Jr., UC Berkeley

January 16, 1996, at Stanford University
Seeing the phylogeny through the trees: John Hulsenbeck (Miller Postdoctoral Fellow, Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley)

February 13, 1996, at San Francisco State University
Species and speciation in asexual organisms: Each of four panelists gave a 10-15 minute perspective focused on a different group of organisms. Panelists included Michael Ghiselin (Invertebrate Zoology and Geology, CAS), invertebrates, David Jameson (Herpetology, CAS), herps, Brent Mishler (University and Jepson Herbaria, UC Berkeley), mosses, and, Patricia Sanchez (Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley) on ferns.
Host: Michael Goldman, San Francisco State University

March 12, 1996, at the University of California, Berkeley
Leaf beetles: defensive secretions, host plant relationships, genetic differentiation at local and regional scales, and phylogeny of species Nathan Rank (Biology, Sonoma State University)
Co-hosts: Jerry Powell and William Z. Lidicker, Jr., UC Berkeley

April 9, 1996, at the University of California, Davis
Surfing in treespace: Phylogenetic databases and the prospects for constructing the phylogeny of life Michael Sanderson (Evolution and Ecology, UC Davis)
Host: James A. Doyle, UC Davis

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1996-1997

September 10, 1996, at the University of California, Berkeley
Explaining modern systematics to a broader audience: Panel discussion by Judy Scotchmoor (Museum of Paleontology, UC Berkeley), David Lindberg (Museum of Paleontology, UC Berkeley), and Samuel Taylor, with Michael Ghiselin (CAS) serving as moderator.
Host: William Z. Lidicker, Jr., UC Berkeley

October 15, 1996, at the California Academy of Sciences
The evolution of androdioecy: Insights from the California endemic flowering plant Datsica glomerata: Peter Fritsch (Botany, CAS)
Host: Frank Almeda, CAS

November 12, 1996, at the University of California, Berkeley
Setting priorities for conservation biology: species, clades, or communities? Roundtable discussion. It seems there is a tension, brought on by current political and financial limitations, among three poles of opinion: the traditional endangered species approach, the current push for conservation via community protection, and the recent calls for setting conservation priorities using clades. We don't want to overly polarize the situation, because there is obviously much common ground, but Bay Area biologists should seriously consider the merits of these distinctly different strategies for conservation prioritization. Ten minute introductory and position statements were made by three people, Barbara Ertter (University Herbarium, UC Berkeley) on species-based approaches, Michael Barbour (Environmental Horticulture, UC Davis) on community-based approaches and Brent Mishler (University and Jepson Herbaria, UC Berkeley) on clade-based approaches.
Host: Steven Jessup, UC Berkeley

December 10, 1996, at San Francisco State University
The interface between population genetics and systematics Eric Routman (Biology, San Francisco State University)
Host: Robert Patterson, San Francisco State University

January 14, 1997, at Stanford University
Phylogeny and comparative functional ecology of plants: David Ackerly (Biological Sciences, Stanford)
Host: Ward B. Watt, Stanford University

February 11, 1997, at the University of California, Berkeley
Gulls in the Pacific Northwest: hybrid swarms or hybrid zone?: Douglas A. Bell (Birds and Mammals, California Academy of Sciences)
Host: Barbara Stein, UC Berkeley

March 11, 1997, at Sonoma State University
DNA versus morphology for phylogeny reconstruction: Panel discussion. Each of the four panelists gave a 10-minute statement before general discussion. The idea was not to overly polarize the situation, but to frankly explore different viewpoints and their implications for research priorities. Some major issues are how to integrate data from different genes and genomes and whether morphology or other "whole organism" information, such as physiology, ecology, or behavior should also be integrated (and if so, how?). Panelists were chosen from a spectrum of viewpoints and organismal specialties, and included Brett Goebel (from Norm Pace's lab in Plant and Microbial Biology, UC Berkeley) representing the microbial world and RNA phylogenetics, Charles Sibley (Sonoma State Univ.), representing vertebrate phylogenetics and DNA-based approaches, Michael Ghiselin (Invertebrate Zoology and Geology, and Center for the History and Philosophy of Science, CAS), representing invertebrate phylogenetics and synthetic approaches, and Brent Mishler (University and Jepson Herbaria, UC Berkeley), who will represent plant phylogenetics and advocate the inclusion of morphology.
Co-hosts: Nathan Rank and Phil Northen, San Francisco State University

April 8, 1997, at the California Academy of Sciences
A smoking gun has been found: coroner reports death by multiple stab wounds (causal factors of extinction at the close of the Cretaceous): William Clemens (Museum of Paleontology, UC Berkeley)
Host: Michael Ghiselin, CAS

May 13, 1997, at the University of California, Berkeley
Genetic diversity for clonal forest plantations: If you've seen one monoclonal plantation, have you seen them all? Bill Libby (Forestry and Resource Management, UC Berkeley)
Host: Barbara Ertter, UC Berkeley

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1997-1998

September 9, 1997, at the University of California, Berkeley
The meaning of higher taxonomic categories and the problems faced by those who must use higher category data for macroevolutionary studies Open discussion, with a few invited commentators, prominent among them being James Valentine (Integrative Biology and Museum of Paleontology, UC Berkeley) and Michael Ghiselin (Invertebrate Zoology and Geology, CAS).
Host: Brent Mishler, UC Berkeley

October 14, 1997, at the University of California, Davis
H. Brad Shaffer and James Doyle (both of Evolution and Ecology, UC Davis) each discussed issues related to the integration of fossil and systematic evidence in the reconstruction of phylogenetic history, followed by lively discussion of the usual sort.
Host: Michael Sanderson, UC Davis

November 11, 1997, at the Romberg Tiburon Center
San Francisco Bay: The Invaded Estuary: Andy Cohen (San Francisco Bay Estuarine Institute)
The impact of the introduced clam, Potamocorbula amurensis, on the food web of northern San Francisco Bay: Fred Nichols (US Geological Survey)
Host: Steve Obrebski, San Francisco State University

December 9, 1997, at the California Academy of Sciences
Some theoretical issues in phylogenetics: Joe Slowinski (Herpetology, CAS)
Host: Tomio Iwamoto, CAS

January 13, 1998, at the University of California, Berkeley
The comparative method in evolutionary biology: an example using the distribution of polyploidy in land plants: Kelly Steele (Biological Sciences, CSU Hayward)
Host: Bruce Baldwin, UC Berkeley

February 10, 1998, at the University of California, Berkeley
Genomics: New insights into microbial evolution: Martin Wojciechowski (Evolution and Ecology, UC Davis, & Museum of Paleontology and the University/Jepson Herbaria, UC Berkeley)
Host: Dennis Wall, UC Berkeley

March 10, 1998, at the California Academy of Sciences
Systematics and its audiences: Panel presentation by Kevin Padian (Integrative Biology and Museum of Paleontology, UC Berkeley), Terry Gosliner (Invertebrate Zoology and Geology, CAS) and Michael Ghiselin (Invertebrate Zoology and Geology, CAS). William Clemens (UC Berkeley) substituted for Kevin Padian.
Host: David Kavanaugh, CAS

April 14, 1998, at University of California, Davis
Measures of support for cladograms: Presentations by Brent Mishler (University and Jepson Herbaria, UC Berkeley), and Michael Sanderson (Evolution and Ecology, UC Davis) and spirited discussion.
Host: Martin Wojciechowski, UC Berkeley and UC Davis

May 12, 1998, at Stanford University
Island Biogeography: A 30-year Retrospective: Point and counterpoint with David Stoddard (Geography, UC Berkeley) and Joan Roughgarden (Biological Sciences, Stanford University). Brent Mishler (University and Jepson Herbaria, UC Berkeley) substituted for D. Stoddard.
Host: David Ackerly, Stanford

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1998-1999

September 8, 1998, at the University of California, Berkeley
A [short] history of the Biosystematists: Discussion led by Michael Ghiselin (California Academy of Sciences) and invited guest V. Betty Smocovitis (Department of History, University of Florida, Gainesville), with the personal reminiscences of G. Ledyard Stebbins, Jr. (Professor Emeritus, UC Davis) and several long-time members in attendence.
Host: William Z. Lidicker, Jr., UC Berkeley

October 13, 1998, at the University of California, Davis
Is alpha-taxonomy a terminal science?: Phil Ward (Entomology, UC Davis) and Ellen Dean (Herbarium and Plant Biology, UC Davis) each presented their perspectives, followed by a lively discussion.
Host: Dan Potter, UC Davis

November 10, 1998, at the University of California, Berkeley
Phylogenetic biogeography of the Northern Hemisphere: a plan? Michael Donoghue (Director of the Harvard University Herbaria and Visiting Professor at Stanford University)
Hosts: Martin Wojciechowski, UC Berkeley/Davis

December 8, 1998, at the University of California, Berkeley
The future of systematics: A perspective from practitioners, teachers, and future leaders of the field: Panel discussion moderated by Kelly P. Steele (Cal State University, Hayward) with presentations and discussion by postdoctoral scientists Elizabeth Arias (Chile) from UC Davis, and Katarina Andreasen (Sweden), John Wheeler (USA), and Dean Kelch (USA) from U.C. Berkeley on topics dealing the future of systematics at both the personal and global level.
Hosted by: Bruce Baldwin, UC Berkeley

January 19, 1999, at the University of California, Berkeley
Phyloecology, a valuable integration of fields?: Panel discussion organized and led by UC Berkeley graduate students. Dennis Wall provided an introduction to the session, with presentations by the following students: Mike Catarino (perspective from insect molecular systematics), Dan Rubinoff (perspective from conservation biology), Chrissy Hufford (applicability of phylogeny to studies of octopus behavior, or lack thereof), Paul Bunje (broad perspective of ecology and phylogeny), and Matt Henn (strict ecologist's perspective).
Host: John Wheeler, UC Berkeley

February 9, 1999, at the University of California, Davis
The desert fishes: case studies in conservation biology, with special attention to the Death Valley/Ash Meadows and Colorado River Fishes Martin Brittan (California State University, Sacramento), with an introduction by Peter Moyle (UC Davis). Dinner and the presentation were held at the Ding How Restaurant, 640 E. Covell Blvd.
Host: Art Shapiro, UC Davis

March 9, 1999, at the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco
The phyletic position of the Neandertals and the origin of modern humans Nina Jablonski (Department of Anthropology, CAS) and Jerold Lowenstein (UC San Francisco and Nuclear Medicine Inc.) gave presentations and led a discussion, particularly with respect to the impact of recent molecular evidence on this subject. The social hour and meeting were held in the Goethe Room.
Host: Peter Fritsch, CAS

April 1999. There was no meeting.

May 11, 1999, at the University of California, Davis
Studying adaptation with functional morphology and phylogenies Peter Wainwright (Section of Evolution and Ecology, UC Davis)
Host: H. Bradley Shaffer, UC Davis

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1999-2000

September 14, 1999, at the University of California, Berkeley
Inequality and the directionality of history Geerat Vermeij (UC Davis).
Host: Dennis Wall, UC Berkeley

October 19, 1999, at the California Academy of Sciences
The evolution of chemical defense in Opisthobranch gastropods Michael Ghiselin (California Academy of Sciences). The talk was illustrated with slides of Opisthobranchs, contenders for title of "prettiest critters in the ocean."
Host: Tomio Iwamoto, California Academy of Sciences

November 9, 1999, at the University of California, Davis
Building large phylogenies: supertrees, compartmentalization, or global parsimony, with examples from the carnivores and land plants Discussion led by Olaf Bininda-Emonds (UC Davis) and Brent Mishler (UC Berkeley).
Host: Michael Sanderson, UC Davis

December 14, 1999. No meeting held.

January 18, 2000, at San Francisco State University
Phylogenetic history of adaptive radiations: What do you expect to discover, and how do you find the answer? Rosemary Gillespie (Essig Museum of Entomology, UC Berkeley) and George Roderick (Division of Insect Biology, UC Berkeley)
Host: Susan Masta, SFSU

February 8, 2000, at the University of California, Berkeley
Evolutionary studies strategy needs as biodiversity collapses?: Open forum organized, led, and recorded by Harold Kerster (CSU at Sacramento). Dinner and forum were held at the Ichiban resturant in Berkeley. Questions explored included:
A. Should we simply let the conservation biology community handle the questions (and maybe tell us the answers and who we should contact for the money)?
B. How do we decide which taxa most need attention?
C. How do we decide which kinds of data most need attention?
D. Which kinds of data (behavior, DNA, range in space or ecosystems, everything not in a museum, etc) most need attention?
E. How important is backward compatability with paleontological material? F. How could we estimate urgency?
G. What are the differences between the needs of systematists and the needs of process workers (evolutionary outcomes versus evolutionary process)?
Host: Brent Mishler, UC Berkeley

March 14, 2000, at Sonoma State University
Paradigms in crisis: New perspectives on the evolutionary origins of birds and the biology of dinosaurs: Nicholas Geist, Department of Biology, Sonoma State University. Topics included: 1) origin of birds (emphasizing flight and feathers); 2) were dinosaurs endothermic or not?; 3) did dinosaurs have altricial young?
Host: Derek Girman, SSU

April 11, 2000, at the Romberg Tiburon Center, Marin County
Adaptive radiation in Hawaiian Daisies: Insights from genetics: Richard Whitkus, Department of Biology, Sonoma State University
Host: Steve Obrebski, Romberg Tiburon Center (San Francisco State University)

May 9, 2000, at the The Carnegie Institution of Washington, Stanford University
Towards a new synthesis of genomics and phylogenetics: An exploration of the ways in which comparative phylogenetic studies can inform functional genomic studies, and vice-versa. This special meeting (see complete announcement) took place at one of the ancestral homes of the Biosystematists, the Carnegie Institution of Washington (CIW), and featured a "reunion" of two fields (genomics and phylogenetics) that are both new and cutting edge and yet, in their previous incarnations (as cytogenetics and systematics), were first linked together in a novel way by the Biosystematists group in the 1930's and 1940's. The meeting was hosted by Christopher Somerville (CIW, Stanford University) who opened the meeting with a welcome and presented an overview of the history of the Carnegie Institution, its transformation to the present, and some current research projects going on at the institution. Following introductions by Brent Mishler (UC Berkeley), short presentations on different aspects on the topic were provided by:
Brent Mishler - background on phylogenetics, and how it can inform functional studies.
Shauna Somerville (Stanford University): background on genomics, current progress, and the future.
Pam Soltis (Washington State University): a phylogenetics case study, chromosomal evolution in the flowering plants.
Virginia Walbot (Stanford University): a genomics case study, what are we learning from maize?

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2000-2001

September 14, 2000, at the University of California, Davis
A discussion of vernal pools in California in relation to the proposed new University of California Merced campus: Panel members included Sue Bainbridge (UC Berkeley), Rick Grosberg (UC Davis), Robbin Thorp (UC Davis), and Brent Mishler (UC Berkeley), who organized this presentation.
Host: Martin Wojciechowski, UC Davis

October 12, 2000, at the University of California, Berkeley
Insect antiquity: evidence from fossils, phylogeny and biogeography: Peter Cranston and Penny Gullan, both new faculty members in the Department of Entomology at the University of California in Davis, presented, emphasizing their work on midges and scale insects, respectively.
Host: Bruce Baldwin, UC Berkeley

November 14, 2000, at San Francisco State University
A panel discussion of rank-free phylogenetic classification, particularly with respect to the species level, led by Jay Withgott (San Francisco-based freelance writer) who introduced the general issues based on his recent article in BioScience,followed by Brent Mishler (UC Berkeley), Phil Ward (UC Davis), and Bruce Baldwin (UC Berkeley) who gave their points of view on the topic.
Host: Eric Routman, SFSU

December 12, 2000. No meeting held.

January 18, 2001, at the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco
The influence of taxon sampling on phylogenetic recontruction Steve Poe, a Miller Fellow in the Department of Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley, led a discussion, with some examples from Anolislizards.
Host: Joseph Slowinski, CAS

February 13, 2001, at Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park
A phylogeny for every plant bearing seed: novel implications and lingering reservations Susana Magallon (Section of Evolution and Ecology) and Robert Kuzoff (Section of Molecular and Cellular Biology) of the University of California, Davis, discussed recent advances in seed plant phylogeny and evolution.
Host: Richard Whitus, SSU

March 13, 2001, at the University of California, Berkeley
[An introduction to] Phylogeography in relation to conservation biology: Craig Moritz, the new Director of the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at UC Berkeley presented and included examples from his work in Australia.
Host: William Z. Lidicker, Jr., UC Berkeley

April 12, 2001, at the University of California, Davis
Tom Near (Center for Population Biology ) and Michael Sanderson (Section of Evolution and Ecology) of the University of California, Davis, each gave short presentations and led a discussion of "Current thinking on molecular clocks", using examples from their own work on fishes and angiosperms, respectively.
Hosts: Penny Gullan and Peter Cranston, UC Davis.

May 3, 2001, at the DOE JGI, Walnut Creek, CA
Comparative genomics at the Joint Genome Institute: molecular evolution at 20 million nucleotides per day: This special meeting took place at the Joint Genome Institute, one of the largest facilities in the world for high-throughput genomic DNA sequencing studies, operated by the University of California for the U.S. Department of Energy. Jeffrey Boore, the Group Leader in Comparative Genomics, presented an overview of the JGI and outlined some of the scientific challenges and opportunities for comparative genomics at this facility. This was followed by a program of short presentations by several members of the JGI scientific staff (Allen Haim, Kevin Helfenbein, Monica Medina, Matt Fourcade, Dan Rokhsar) on the operation the institute and an introduction to a number of on-going projects in his group. Tours of the facility were provided.
Host: Jeffrey Boore, JGI


2001-2002

September 2001. No meeting held.

October 11, 2001, at University of California, Berkeley
The Parasites of Primates: Phylogenetic Approaches to Understanding the Correlates of Biodiversity: Charlie Nunn, a postdoctoral fellow working with Mike Sanderson (University of California, Davis). An informal tour of the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, conducted by museum post-docs and graduate students preceded the talks.
Host: Carrine Blank, graduate student UC Berkeley

November 13th, 2001, at the University of California, Davis
Strepsiptera - long branches, misinterpreted fossils and neontology Mike Whiting of Brigham Young University (Provo, UT)
Hosts: Peter Cranston and Penny Gullan UC Davis

December 4th, 2001, at the Cal Academy of Sciences
Professor Dr. Gerhard Haszprunar, Molluscan Systematist, Direktor of the Zoologische Staatssammlung, Munich, and visiting Miller Professor at Berkeley, accepted an invitation to address the gathering, controversially, on "Paraphyly revisited."
Host: Patricia Dal Porto, California Academy of Sciences

January 10th, 2002, at the University of California, Davis
Bayes or Bootstrap: How should we assess confidence in our phylogenetic results?: Michael Alfaro, a postdoc of Phylogenetics at UC Davis
Hosts: H. Brad Shaffer UC Davis

February 12th, 2002, at the University of California, Berkeley
Systematics and Conservation Biology: Panel discussion led by Gretchen LeBuhn, from San Francisco State University. The panelists were Craig Moritz, Mark Reynolds, Brad Schaffer, Taylor Ricketts, and Dennis Desjardin.
Host: Catherine Graham of the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology (UC Berkeley)

March 12th, 2002, at the University of California, Berkeley
Were the first flowering plants shady and disturbed? Ecological inferences from extant early-branching lineages: Taylor Feild (Miller Fellow with the Department of Integrative Biology and the University and Jepsen Herbaria) [ABSTRACT]
Hosts: Elizabeth Wenk of the Dawson Lab, UC Berkeley

April 18th, 2002, at the California Academy of Sciences
What did Haeckel really mean by 'Phylogeny'?: Benoit Dayrat a postdoc at the California Academy of Sciences, Department of Invertebrate Zoology and Geology. [ABSTRACT]
Host: Patricia Dal Porto of the
California Academy of Sciences

May 28th, 2002, at the University of California at Berkeley,
An informal open discussion about phylogeography began with a panel of UC Berkeley grad students and post-docs. Diogo Meyer and Shawn Kuchta, started by asking how phylogeography uses population genetics. Other panelists from a more cladistic phylogeographic approach included Kirsten Fisher and Emina Begovic.
Host: Joao Alexandrino, a post-doc of David Wake and Craig Moritz in the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology.


2002-2003

September 16th, 2002, at the University of California at Berkeley
Cladistic analysis of morphological data: a scientific cul de sac?: Robert Scotland (Oxford University)
Host: Prof. Kip Will, ESPM UC Berkeley.

October 2002: No Meeting held

November 12th, 2002, at the University of California at Davis,
Amy Driskell of the Sanderson lab (UC Davis) presented data and ideas from her studies of Avian evolution in southern Australia, with special consideration of the effects of the Nullabor (aridification) and Bass Strait (rising and falling).
Host: Prof. Pete Cranston, UC Davis.

December 10th, 2002 at UC Berkeley
Behavior and Evolution: Panel discussion featuring Jack T. Tomlinson, Prof. Emeritus, San Francisco State U., Bill Lidicker, Prof. Emeritus, UCB, Walt Koenig, Adjunct Pressor, UCB.
Host: Prof. Brent Mishler, UC Berkeley.

January 2002
Meeting was cancelled.

February 12th, 2003 at UC Berkeley
A Radical Darwinian solution to a conflict of 150 years between classification and evolution: Benoit Dayrat of the Dept. of Invertebrate Zoology and Geology, Calif. Academy of Sciences. ABSTRACT
Host: Prof. Kipling Will, UC Berkley

March 11th, 2003 at UC Berkeley
Getting Rid of Species?!? What are the theoretical and practical consequences of eliminating the species rank?: A panel discussion including Brent Mishler, Bill Lidicker, and Kip Will. Background reading was: http://persoon.si.edu/sbs2001/Mishler.pdf.
Host: Prof. Bruce Baldwin, UC Berkeley.

April 8th, 2003 at the NASA Ames Research Center
Worms, Tropomodulin, and Spaceflight: Dr. Catharine A. Conley (Cassie) of the NASA Ames Research Center. The talk included future flight possibilities and recent experiment on the last shuttle flight.
Host: Dr. Catharine A. Conley, NASA Ames

May 8th, 2003 at UC Davis
Hard Choices, Determining the Biotic Units Worthy of Conservation:  Leslee Parr, Danielle Palmer, and Valliammal Chockalingham of San Jose State University, Department of Biological Sciences.
Host: Brad Shaffer, Section of Evolution and Ecology, UC Davis


2003-2004

September 9th, 2003 at California Academy of Sciences
The Contest Between Likelihood and Parsimony in Phylogenetic Inference:  Elliott Sober, Professor of Philosophy at Stanford University
Host: Benoit Dayrat, Dept. of Invertebrate Zoology and Geology, Calif. Academy of Sciences

October 14th, 2003 at UC Berkeley
Homology, ontogeny, and, phylogeny: evolution of floral form in the legume tribe Amorpheae: Shelley McMahon (postdoc at UC Davis)
Host: Rosemary Gillespie, UC Berkeley

November 11th, 2003 at UC Davis
Phylogenomics and comparative genomics: Paramvir Dehal, Postdoctoral Associate at the Joint Genome Institute
Host: Mike Sanderson, UC Davis.

December 9th, 2003 at UC Berkeley
LUCID and other multi-access keys: Peter Cranston (UC Davis)
Synthesis of North American Flora webproject: Chris Meacham (UC Berkeley)
Host: Peter Oboyski, UC Berkeley

January 13th., 2004 at California Academy of Sciences
The future of publishing in systematics: Camilla Myers of CSIRO Publishing, and Chuck Crumly, biology editor for the UC Press.
Host: Peter Roopnarine, Department of Invertebrate
Zoololgy & Geology, CAS

February 12th, 2004 at UC Berkeley
Untangling fecal shield architecture in tortoise beetles: behavior, ecology, morphology and phylogeny (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Cassidinae): Caroline Chaboo (American Museum of Natural History), preceded by a Darwin Day celebration and toast in the Essig Museum of Entomology
Host: Steve Lew, UC Berkeley ABSTRACT

March 9th, 2004 at UC Berkeley
On Probability and Systematics: Matt Haber (UC Davis)
Host: Jim Mcguire, UC Berkeley ABSTRACT

April 13th, 2004 at San Jose State University
Does Barcoding Work? An Empirical Test:  Christopher Meyer (Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida)
Host: Leslee Parr, San Jose State ABSTRACT

May 13th, 2004 at UC Davis
Mr. Bayes meets the tree of life: the use of Bayesian methods in systematics: Panel discussion and talks featuring Jimmy McGuire (UC Berkeley), Peter Roopnarine (California Academy of Sciences) and Gordon Burleigh (UC Davis)
Host: Phil Ward, UC Davis.


2004-2005

September 14th, 2004 at UC Berkeley
The Role of Species Paraphyly in Phylogenetics and Comparative Analysis:  Dr. Geoffrey Morse (Department of Entomology, University of Massachusetts) spoke and led a discussion. ABSTRACT
Hosted by: student volunteers from the Will and Mishler labs (UC Berkeley)

October 14, 2004 at the California Academy of Sciences
The program included a report on the Phylogenetic Nomenclature Meeting by local attending systematists including: Brent Mishler (UC Berkeley), Kevin Padian (UC Berkeley), Kirsten Fisher (UC Berkeley), Benoit Dayrat (CAS), and Matt Haber (UC Davis).
Hosted by Ken Angielczyk of the Dept. of Invertebrate Zoology and Geology.

November 9th, 2004 at UC Davis
Comparative Methods and Bacterial Genome Evolution:  Pilar Francino (Scientist at DOE Joint Genome Institute)
Sexually selected morphology in stalk-eyed flies: Rick Baker (Postdoctoral Researcher, DOE Joint Genome Institute)
Hosted by: Wesley Savage (UC Davis)

December 14th, 2004 at UC Berkeley
Alignment of Sequence data: Panel discussion and presentations moderated by Kip Will (UC Berkeley) and including individuals from UCB, UCD, CAS and CDFA. ABSTRACT
Hosted by: Kip Will (UC Berkeley)

January 11th, 2005 at California Academy of Sciences
Posterior probabilities for phylogenies: too good to be true?: Bruce Rannala (Genome Center & Section of Evolution and Ecology, UC Davis)
Hosted by: Jack Dumbacher (California Academy of Sciences)

February 8th, 2005 at UC Berkeley
Darwin Day Events at UC Berkeley including an open house at the Essig Museum and a lecture entitled, "Setting the Record Straight (vignettes on modern Darwinism and anti-evolutionism)." ABSTRACT
Hosted by: Kip Will (UC Berkeley)

March 17th, 2005 at UC Berkeley
David L. Hull (Professor Emeritus at Northwestern University) responded to an impromptu series of questions from a graduate student panel organized by Eric Harris (UC Berkeley). The topics ranged across evolutionary biology, touching on Professor Hull's diverse interests in the theory of natural selection, species concepts, and history & sociology of science.
Hosted by: Brent Mishler (UC Berkeley) DETAILS

April 12th, 2005 at San Jose State University
Several field biologists presented shorts talks:
Sampling the upper branches of redwoods: Chris Brinegar and Ryan Kirkbride (SJSU)
Permits for bugs down-under: Penny Gullan, (UC Davis)
Shooting insects from a plane - some South African tales: Pete Cranston (UC Davis)
Sampling South American river dolphins: Healy Hamilton (CAS)
Entomologizing in South America: Alex Wild (UC Davis)
Hosted by: Leslee Parr (SJSU)

May 17th 2005 at UC Davis
Comparative Biology without Occult Metaphysics, or, Der Bauplan ist ein Aberglaube: Dr. Michael Ghiselin, Senior Research Fellow at the California Academy of Sciences
Hosted by: Shelley McMahon (UC Davis)


2005-2006

September 13th, 2005 at UC Berkeley
A panel of researchers discussed the issues involved in using trees for comparative methods and how they select trees for their research.
Panel: Gordon Burleigh (UC Davis); Rich Glor (UC Davis); Jim McGuire (UC Berkeley); Charlie Nunn (UC Berkeley); Moderator: Brian O'Meara (UC Davis)
Hosted by: Bruce Baldwin (UC Berkeley)

October 13th, 2005 at San Francisco State University
Theory and practice of integrating molecular data into taxonomy at the species level: Greg Spicer of San Francisco State University
Hosted by: Greg Spicer (San Francisco State University)

November 8, 2005 at University of California, Davis.
Systematic Monographs in the 21st Century: traditional values and modern innovations
Grad student panel: Danica Harbaugh (UC Berkeley), Andy Murdock (UC Berkeley), Cheryl O'Donnell (UC Davis), Ainsley Seago (UC Berkeley), and Alex Wild (UC Davis).
Hosted by: Justen Whittall (UC Davis)

December 13, 2005 at California Academy of Sciences.
Three P's in a pod: tales from the phylogeny, phylogenomics, and phylodiversity of legumes
Marty Wojciechowsky (Arizona State U)
Mike Sanderon (UC Davis)
Shelley McMahon (UC Davis)
Host: Healy Hamilton (California Academy of Sciences)

January 17, 2006 at University of California, Berkeley
Evolutionary Morphology and Evo-devo: Hierarchy and Novelty
Alan Love (UC Santa Cruz)
Host: Brent Mishler (UC Berkeley)

February14, 2006 at University of California, Berkeley
The Continuing Darwinian Revolution: Michael Ghiselin (California Academy of Sciences)
Intelligent Design: A view from the trial: Kevin Padian (UC Berkeley)
From Galapagos to the Genome: Evolutionary Biology in the 21st Century: Patrick O'Grady (UC Berkeley)
Host: Kip Will (UC Berkeley)
Link to program flyer (118 kb PDF)

March 14, 2006 at the California Academy of Sciences
Collecting Evolution: The Unintended Vindication of Darwin by the 1905-06 Galapagos expedition of the California Academy of Sciences: Matthew James (Sonoma State U.)
Host: Healy Hamilton (California Academy of Sciences)

April 18, 2006 at San Francisco State University
An introduction to coalescence theory: exploring the interface between between phylogenetics and population genetics
Featuring an introductory talk by Monty Slatkin (UC Berkeley), followed by general discussion, a computer demonstration by Eric Routman (San Francisco State University), and a chance for some hands-on use of Mesquite.
Host: Eric Routman (San Francisco State University)

May 9, 2006 at UC Davis
Too many beetles, too little time: Morphology, chromosomes, gene trees, and the phylogenetics of beetle species: David Maddison (U of Arizona).
Hosts: Fran Keller and Michael Branstetter (both of UC Davis)

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2006-2007

September 12, 2006 at University of California, Davis
A phylogenetic approach to genome evolution in Drosophila: Patrick O'Grady, UC Berkeley
Host: Michael Branstetter, UC Davis

October 17, 2006 at the California Academy of Sciences
Systematics for Conservation. How does the work of systematists affect conservation decision making?
Panelists:
Jack Dumbacher, California Academy of Sciences
Robert Fisher, Western Ecological Research Center of the US Geological Survey
Brad Shaffer, University of California, Davis
Chelsea Specht, University of California, Berkeley
Host: Healy Hamilton, California Academy of Sciences

November 9, 2006 at University of California, Berkeley
The Unseasonable Lateness of Being, Or, Essentialism Comes After Darwin, Not Before: John Wilkins, University of Queensland, Australia
Host: Katie Brakora, University of California, Berkeley

December, 2006: no meeting

January 16, 2007 at University of California, Davis
Ecological diversity of angiosperms: why do major clades differ?: David Ackerly, University of California, Berkeley
Hosts: Cory Unruh, UC Davis, and Nate Hardy, UC Davis

February 13, 2007 at University of California, Berkeley
Phylogenetics in math and computer science
Panelists:
Sebastian Roch, University of California, Berkeley
Nick Eriksson, Stanford
Elchanan Mossel, University of California, Berkeley
Organizer: Brian O'Meara, University of California, Davis
Host: Brent Mishler, University of California, Berkeley

March 13, 2007 at Romberg Tiburon Center, San Francisco State University's marine field station
Settling down: How do microscopic water-borne larvae of bottom-dwelling marine organisms land in the right place? Mimi Koehl, University of California, Berkeley
Host: Sarah Cohen, San Francisco State University

April 24, 2007 at Sonoma State University
Adaptation: functional, morphological, and molecular perspectives
Elizabeth Dahlhoff, Santa Clara University
Peter Wainwright, University of California, Davis
Justen Whittall, University of California, Davis
Organizer & Host: Nathan Rank, Sonoma State University

May 18, 2007 at California Academy of Sciences
Linnaeus and Beyond: A symposium on taxonomy and philosophy, in celebration of the 300th birthday of Carolus Linnaeus
Full day symposium: more info here
Organizers: Michael Ghiselin and Grant Yamashita, California Academy of Sciences
Host: Healy Hamilton, California Academy of Sciences

2007-2008

September 18, 2007 at University of California, Berkeley
Panel discussion on genomic approaches to evolution and systematics: Nancy Moran, University of Arizona, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Jason Stajich, UCB, Plant and Microbial Biology Dan Pollard, UCB, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Host: Stephen Lew, University of California, Berkeley
Organizer: Patrick O'Grady, University of California, Berkeley

October 16th, 2007 at California Academy of Sciences
Genomics as a tool in studying the evolution and diversity of the small things that run the planet: Jonathan Eisen, University of California, Davis
Host: Healy Hamilton, California Academy of Sciences

November 13th, 2007 at University of California, Berkeley
Exploring the Impact of Historical Events on Rates of Diversification: Phylogenetic Approaches with Examples from Flowering Plants: Brian Moore, Yale University
Host: Patrick O'Grady, University of California, Berkeley

December 13, 2007 at University of California, Davis
A panel discussion on the topic: "What is deserving of a name? Four modern approaches to species delimitation"
Panel: Philip Ward (UC Davis), Howard Ochman (University of Arizona, on sabbatical at UC Berkeley), Benoît Dayrat (UC Merced), and Douglas Stone (postdoctoral fellow, California Academy of Sciences).
Host: Michael Branstetter (UC Davis)

January, 2008: no meeting

February 12, 2008 at University of California, Berkeley
Four short talks celebrating Darwin Day, on the topic: "Darwin's influences on modern day biosystematics in the broad sense, including ecology, evolution and systematics: historical context & modern research."
Kristy Deiner (UC Davis) - "Darwinism in modern ecology"
Benoit Dayrat (UC Merced) - "Systematics in the Genomic Era: celebrating Darwin's 'other' legacy"
Peter Wainwright (UC Davis) - "Darwinism and the evolution of complex functional systems"
Brent Mishler (UC Berkeley - "Darwin's views on species in light of modern approaches"
Host: Anna Larsen (UC Berkeley)

March 13, 2008 at Sonoma State University
A panel discussion on the topic: "Evolutionary consequences of biological invasions"
Panel: Nathan Rank (Sonoma State), Kevin Rice, (UC Davis), Brad Shaffer (UC Davis).
Host: Nathan Rank (Sonoma State)

April 15, 2008 at California Academy of Sciences
Three short talks by graduate students on the topic: "Integrative and innovative: new approaches to systematics"
Matt Brandley (UC Berkeley) - "Emerging techniques in molecular divergence dating and their applications to biogeography and evolutionary biology"
Christina Piotrowski (California Academy of Sciences) - "Reconciling molecules and morphology: more than one way to sort a can of worms"
Chodon Sass (UC Berkeley) - "Climatic variables integrated into comparative phylogenetics of Aechmea (Bromeliaceae)"
Host: Healy Hamilton (California Academy of Sciences)

May 9, 2008 at Moss Landing Marine Lab
Three short talks on the topic: "From Museums to Molecules: dealing with the flow of genetic information in the natural sciences"
Josh Mackie (San Jose State) - "So can DNA sequence data help save the world?"
Wendy Moore (California Academy of Sciences) - "Molecules in 21st Century Natural History Museums"
Brent Mishler (UC Berkeley) - "Genomics and museums"
Hosts: Josh Mackie and Leslee Parr (San Jose State)