Lab Meeting, 15th July

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For tomorrow’s lab meeting (1pm), we’re going to read a paper by Freedman et al (2010) . I feel like pizza and sunshine, so perhaps we can have a vote on either Napa (next to Boulder) or Tony D’s (Corn Hill), which both have outside seating.

Lab Meeting 12 April 11

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Since Rich will be out of town this week, I’m hijacking lab meeting and making you read about plants since yours truly will be working with them this summer.  No complaints.  There are two papers to read this week.  First, a general review about plant speciation that is not so much for discussion as it is […]

Lab Meeting 5 April 2011

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I’m going to discuss some results from a recent project I started, so lets read these two papers: Vast underestimation of Madagascar’s biodiversity evidenced by an integrative amphibian inventory and Density-dependent diversification in North American wood warblers. I’ll begin with a discussion of the Malagasy herpetofuana, with an emphasis on frogs and geckos, including the […]

Sequence Matrix

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It is a real pain combining matrices from different loci, particularly when you have taxa represented in one matrix and not in another.  I’ve usually done this by hand and it gets tedious.  I recently stumbled across a Java tool that makes this process quite simple: SequenceMatrix. The program allows you to load multiple Nexus […]

Australia Day Celebrations

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In celebration of Australia Day (26th Jan), Dave Wheeler, a fellow Aussie in the Werren Lab, will be cooking up some Aussie treats, including meat pies, pasties, lamingtons, vanilla slice and, of course, vegemite sangas, while I’m going to be making caramel slice and Anzac bikkies. All to be washed down with some Coopers. The […]

Tea, Scones and Terminator 2

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Lab alum, Ali Ossip-Klein, was back in town over the holidays. While most of the Glor lab was away, Audrey and I had a good catch up with Ali over afternoon tea, scones and an educational viewing of Terminator 2. Audrey had been given the field nickname of “Sarah Connor” last summer, so it was […]

There’s a Jaguar in My Office

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Sometimes having a small natural history museum in the building has side benefits.  Julienne and Dan hatched a plan to place a stuffed jaguar from the Biology Department’s collection by the door of the office they share with Anthony.  The idea was that Anthony would walk in,  turn to flip on the lights and be […]

A Blog of Blogs on R

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I stumbled yesterday upon a really useful site [R-bloggers].  It is essentially an aggregator of blog posts about the statistical computing platform R. The topics are pretty varied and many posts are outside of our interest, but there do seem to be a good number concerning mapping (GIS), plotting and bioinformatics.  I found the page […]

Two New Papers Out

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Two new papers from the lab have just been published; one is an Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics paper on phylogenetics and adaptive radiation and the other is an Evolution paper on the contribution of environmental variation to the origin and maintenance of biogeographic boundaries. Check them out and let me know what […]