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EEB Thursday Seminar: Bayesian phylogenetic methods for synthesizing paleontological and neontological data

Tracy Heath, Iowa State University
Thursday, March 23, 2017
4:00-5:00 PM
1200 Chemistry Dow Lab Map
Understanding macroevolutionary processes and evolution in deep time requires data from the fossil record. In recent years, advances in phylogenetic inference methods have provided ways to integrate fossil and extant taxa. These approaches allow simultaneous estimation of the divergence times and phylogenetic relationships of extant and fossil species, thus making full use of morphological and temporal data, rather than just molecular sequence data from living species. I will highlight our recent and ongoing work using the fossilized birth-death process to estimate species phylogenies and divergence times. Both simulation and empirical studies demonstrate how making full use of available fossil data and properly modeling lineage sampling and diversification improve estimates of species divergence times.

Sponsored by the U-M Museum of Zoology Theodore H. Hubbell Memorial Lectureship

Light refreshments served at 4 p.m.

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Building: Chemistry Dow Lab
Event Type: Workshop / Seminar
Tags: Biology, Discussion, Ecology, Research, Science
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, EEB Thursday Seminars