What is systematics?

Systematics is the study of biological diversity and its origins. It focuses on understanding evolutionary relationships among organisms, species, higher taxa, or other biological entities, such as genes, and the evolution of the properties of taxa including intrinsic traits, ecological interactions, and geographic distributions. An important part of systematics is the development of methods for various aspects of phylogenetic inference and biological nomenclature/classification.

The objective of the Society of Systematic Biologists is the advancement of the science of systematic biology in all its aspects of theory, principles, methodology, and practice, for both living and fossil organisms, with emphasis on areas of common interest to all systematic biologists regardless of individual specialization.

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Postdoctoral Researcher - Insect Systematics at ASU

A postdoctoral position in revisionary insect systematics is available in the Franz Lab (http://taxonbytes.org/), School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University. We seek a candidate with an exceptional record of training and achievement in morphology-based taxonomic revisions of insects and a motivation to integrate their research with developing biodiversity informatics concepts and tools. For additional information please refer to this link: http://taxonbytes.

Researcher in Environmental Bioinformatics, University of Technology Sydney

The Plant Functional Biology and Climate Change Cluster (C3), University of Technology Sydney is looking for someone who can work collaboratively within a diverse team of microbial ecologists, microalgae physiologists, molecular phylogeneticists and plant molecular biologists, as well as in the emerging field of advanced bioproducts from microalgae, in order to build bioinformatics research capacity and to contribute to a range of research projects across the group. Full details here (PDF).

Research Malacologist - The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM) Foundation has an immediate opening, the Twila Bratcher Endowed Chair in Malacological Research, for an accomplished malacologist to conduct collection-based research on the Museum’s extensive collections of mollusks. The Museum has world-class malacological holdings and a rich history of collections-based research on marine invertebrates. Neontological holdings have a special emphasis on shelled mollusks of the eastern Pacific. The Museum also holds extensive collections of fossil mollusks, especially Cretaceous and Cenozoic gastropods and bivalves.

Postdoctoral fellow in biosystematics - phylogenetic diversity of bark and ambrosia beetles

At the Museum of Natural History, University Museum of Bergen, a position as postdoctoral research fellow is available for 2 years in the NFR funded project "A phylogenomic approach to understand the diversification of bark beetles and associated microbes" http://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/99273/postdoctoral-fellow-in-biosystematics-phylogenetic-diversity-of-bark-and-ambrosia-beetles. The fellow will be associated with the research group Phylogenetic Systematics and Evolution at the museum (http://www.uib.no/rg/pse).

NSF Program Announcement: GoLife solicitation goes live

A new NSF Division of Environmental Biology Program Solicitation titled, Genealogy of Life (GoLife), has been posted http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5129 with a deadline for proposals of March 26, 2014.

GoLife has two primary research objectives, resolving life’s phylogenetic history and integrating the genealogy of life with additional organismal biodiversity datasets. This solicitation builds upon the former Assembling the Tree of Life program, with new emphases on a complete and universal genealogy of all life’s lineages, broad training in phylogenetic comparative biology, and community development of open and expandable frameworks for data sharing.

Distributed European School of Taxonomy (DEST) courses

The Distributed European School of Taxonomy (DEST) provides two types of training courses at various European research facilities and universities. The training curriculum targets both modern disciplines such as molecular systematics and biodiversity informatics, as well as the more ‘traditional’ approaches such as morphology and descriptive taxonomy. Courses are open to participants from Europe and from outside of Europe.

The Modern Taxonomy programme 2013-2014 offers intensive theoretical courses in subjects as varied as nomenclature and DNA-barcoding.