Another slow month for comparative methods. There are, however, at least five phylogeographic studies to check out (involving admiral butterflies, salamanders, ducks, and freshwater fish). Most involved fairly standard combinations of mitochondrial and nuclear markers analyzed with the usual suite of methods (e.g., trees, haplotype networks, AMOVA, coalescent methods). I was a bit surprised to see the salamander study by Bos et al. relying so heavily on mismatch distributions, I thought the ambiguity involved in intepreting such figures had made them a thing of the past. Perhaps even more surprisingly, Burridge et al. managed to sneak in a mtDNA-only analysis!
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.