It's my pleasure to welcome a new author to this blog -- one whose work might actually be directly beneficially to human society. Dr. Susan Perkins is an expert on the systematics and taxonomy of Plasmodium, the nasty little parasite the causes Malaria. She's based at the American Museum of Natural History where she's currently Assistant Curator in the Division of Invertebrate Zoology and a member of the Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics. In addition to her expertise in invertebrate systematics, parasite biology, and comparative genomics, Susan brings much potential for insight into the fascinating minds of those rare creatures known as the capital 'C' Cladists.
Dechronization is authored by evolutionary biologists interested in the development and application of methods for estimating phylogeny and making phylogeny-based inferences. The goal of the blog is to provide a forum for discussion of the latest research and methods, while also providing anecdotes, tidbits of natural history, and other related information.