Paleonet: FINAL REMINDER: Phylogenetic methods and the fossil record GSA Vancouver 2014 topical session
james_lamsdell at yahoo.co.uk
Mon Jul 28 10:45:30 GMT 2014
This is just a reminder about the special technical session for the 2014 annual
meeting of the Geological Society of America in Vancouver, British
Columbia, entitled "Unearthing the History of Life: The
Application of Phylogenetic Methods to the Fossil Record". This session
will be chaired by myself (Yale University) and Curtis R.
Congreve (Pennsylvania State University).
now have the rest of this month to submit abstracts for the session,
and we hope that you will consider submitting your talks to us. This
symposium focuses on the many different ways both phylogenetic methods
and phylogenetic theory can be applied to fossil data to help better
understand big questions in the history of life. Researchers involved in
all aspects of applying phylogenetic methodologies to fossil data are
welcome to submit a proposal. All aspects of phylogenetic methodology
with be treated with equal interest, as will all taxonomic groups and
stratigraphic intervals that might comprise components of these studies.
Our keynote speakers are Peter Wagner (Smithsonian) and Matt Wills
(University of Bath).
The deadline for submitting a proposal is July 29, 2014.
You can submit your abstract here: Topical Session page (http://www.geosociety.org/meetings/2014/sessions/topical.asp?CatID=Paleontology%2C+Phylogenetic%2FMorphological+Patterns&submit=Go)
Please do consider submitting to our session any phylogenetics-related talk.
Further details of the session follow:
T214. Unearthing the History of Life: The Application of Phylogenetic Methods to the Fossil Record
advent of phylogenetic analysis has revolutionized biology, changing
the science of taxonomy from a highly subjective field to one where
relationships can be rigorously tested using molecular and morphological
character data in an objective and repeatable manner. Phylogenetic
frameworks are also an integral component of broader studies into
evolutionary phenomena. Paleontological data has a bearing on a great
number of these issues, adding a temporal component to biogeographic
analyses, time calibration for molecular clock studies, and providing
evidence of past evolutionary radiations and mass extinctions.
Paleontological data can also break up long branches, providing evidence
of evolutionary transitions and a potential solution to the ‘long
branch attraction’ phenomenon. Despite the unique position of
paleontology to elucidate on fundamental evolutionary questions when
paired with phylogenetic methods, only relatively few researchers have
taken up the task. This symposium would focus on the many different ways
both phylogenetic methods and phylogenetic theory can be applied to
fossil data to help better understand big questions in the history of
life. The symposium will cover a broad range of topics, from
macroecological and macroevolutionary phenomena (including radiations,
extinctions, and the origin of life) to phylogenetic biogeography and
smaller scale studies of individual population dynamics. Attendees would
be free to speak on such diverse topics as the philosophical
underpinnings of phylogenetics and the various phylogenetic models, the
application of phylogenetics to macroevolutionary questions, and the
influence that taphonomic bias can have on phylogenetic analysis of
fossil taxa. The symposium would bring together leading scientists in
the application of phylogenetic methods to fossil data, generating a
forum for discussion and synthesis of disparate research paradigms in
order to further the application of phylogenetic methods within the
paleontological sphere and explore new avenues for interdisciplinary
research into both phylogenetic methodology and its application to
paleontological data. Papers presented at the symposium may be collected
together for subsequent publication.
We look forward to
receiving your abstracts!
James C. Lamsdell and Curtis R. Congreve
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