Paleonet: New Approaches to Phylogenetic Paleobiology

Wright, Davey wright.1433 at
Fri Apr 1 20:00:58 UTC 2016


We are pleased to announce a special topical session scheduled for the 2016 annual Geological Society of America meeting in Denver, CO USA (25-28 September). This session will be titled, T151: "New Approaches to Phylogenetic Paleobiology".

This session will be chaired by David W. Bapst (South Dakota School of Mines and Technology), Melanie J. Hopkins (American Museum of Natural History), April M. Wright (Iowa State University), and me (David F. Wright, The Ohio State University).

This session will highlight novel statistical approaches to inferring phylogenies of fossil taxa, dating divergences between clades, and/or utilizing branching relationships among fossil lineages to test evolutionary hypotheses. A more detailed description of the technical session is provided below.

This session is sponsored by the Paleontological Society and the Paleontological Research Institution.

Note that the deadline for submitting a proposal is 12 July 2016.

Submit an abstract to our topical session (T151):

Session details:
While paleontology has always been strongly linked to phylogenetics, the past decade has seen a major acceleration in the development and deployment of new methodologies for inferring phylogenies containing fossil taxa, using fossil information for dating divergences, and using phylogenies of fossil taxa to address major questions of ecology and evolution in deep time. Notably, these cutting-edge methodological advances have come from both the paleobiology and evolutionary biology communities. This session will provide an opportunity to bridge the gap between disciplines whose members often have little reason to attend the same meeting (i.e. GSA versus Evolution) and promote the unification of fossil and phylogenetic approaches to macroevolution.

Travel support:
Travel support for students and international researchers attending the GSA meeting can be found at and .

Other topical sessions:
Please note there are several other topical sessions that dovetail with our interests in phylogenetic paleobiology: T152: Troubles and Triumphs with Fossil Phylogenies, chaired by Jennifer E. Bauer (University of Tennessee), Adriane R. Lam (University of Massachusetts Amherst), and Sarah L. Sheffield (University of Tennessee); T136: Across Space and through Time: Understanding Evolution and Ecology using Biogeography, chaired by Alexander M. Dunhill (University of Leeds) and Erin E. Saupe (Yale University); and T140: Evolution, Development, and Paleogenomics, chaired by David J. Bottjer (University of Southern California), and Jeffrey R. Thompson (University of Southern California).

If you have any questions regarding our session, feel free to contact me directly at wright.1433 at<mailto:wright.1433 at>.




David F. Wright
PhD Candidate (Evolutionary Paleontology)
School of Earth Sciences
The Ohio State University
275 Mendenhall Laboratory
125 South Oval Mall
Columbus, OH 43210

wright.1433 at

"I salute the echinoderms as a noble group especially designed to puzzle the zoologist." --Libbie H. Hyman (1955: p. vi)

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