The first two days of the meeting have been a blast, capped so far by a thought provoking ASN presidential address by Jonathan Losos and a picnic this evening at the Oregon Zoo. However, in terms of pure irony the most amusing experience thus far was the discovery by Carlos Botero and I (shortly after our arrival) that the Oregon Convention Center is simultaneously hosting the 'Evolution' joint meeting (as you no doubt already know) along with the 'Oregon Christian Home Education Conference.' Note, particularly for non-American readers, that one of the primary reasons children are homeschooled in the United States is so their parents can avoid teaching them about evolution (e.g., refs here and here). Luckily I had the foresight to snap a picture (above), as their conference ended this evening.
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.