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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.
Books recently reviewed in Systematic Biology, or written by members of the Society.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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The Directorate for Biological Sciences at the National Science Foundation is advertising for a program officer position to manage the program “Advances in Digitization of Biological Collections (ADBC)”. For information about the scope of the program, visit the program web site.
The ADBC program began in 2010 as a result of the community strategic plan for a National Integrated Biocollections Alliance (NIBA). The program supports some of the NIBA goals, specifically increasing access to the wealth of information contained in vouchered biological specimens and associated metadata through digitization and providing a central resource for access to the data (iDigBio). For information about the NIBA strategic plan and implementation plan, see here where the links to community efforts are provided. For information about the goals and activities of iDigBio, see www.iDigBio.org.
Questions regarding this position should be directed to Professor J. Daniel Hare, Chair of the Insect Evolutionary Genomics Search Committee at email@example.com. Review of applications will begin January 3, 2014, but this position will remain open until filled. Information about the Entomology Department and an expanded description can be found on the website: http://www.entomology.ucr.edu.
The Barcode of Life
The Genealogical World of Phylogenetic Networks
BMC Evolutionary Biology
Molecular Biology and Evolution