Erick Matsen and colleagues have organized an online phylogenetics seminar that should be of interest to many Dechronization readers. The stated goals of the seminar series are to provide a forum for the discussion of phylogenetics methodology, disseminate information about ‘best practice’ phylogenetics, and to reduce our carbon footprint by reducing air travel. This seems like a really cool idea and I’m impressed by the present and past lineup of speakers they’ve assembled. I haven’t tuned in yet, but both Marc Suchard and Ward Wheeler gave seminars in the fall – you can view both of their seminars here.
I’m looking forward to the next set of seminars, which will include species tree estimation using BEAST. Coming up this Monday, January 25 (1300 PST) is Joseph Heled, who will be talking about “Gene-tree species-tree discordance.” And Noah Rosenberg and Jens Lagergren are on deck to give seminars during February and March. One cool idea that these folks are floating is to allow seminar “attendees” to vote on upcoming seminar topics, and you can email Erick to suggest both potential speakers and topics. Check out the Phyloseminar website for instructions on connecting - seems pretty straightforward and I’ll try and give it a shot today.