I'm just getting back to the Dechronization suite in Moscow, Idaho after a full day of talks, discussions, and poster sessions at Evolution 2009. The meetings started yesterday, highlighted by an outstanding symposium on diversification organized by Mike Alfaro and two Dechronization contributors: Dan Rabosky and Luke Harmon (more on that in a subsequent post). Today featured presentations by winners of the American Society of Naturalist's Young Investigator prize, including Jason Kolbe and Luke Harmon. I was also witness to the sociological phenomenon known as the Felsenstein Effect, which describes the surge of people who flood into a seminar room to see Joe Felsenstein talk. I took the photos to the right before, during and immediately after his talk today. His talk was an interesting discussion of a new method to analyze morphometric data in a phylogenetic context (co-authored with Bookstein). There were certainly more people in the room than at any other talk I've ever seen on the technical nature of morphometric 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.