Workshop on Molecular Ecology and Phylogenetics

Posted on 10/2/2013 2:06:58 PM

Josiah Townsend (IUP Biology) has partnered with the Biology Graduate Student Society to offer a two-part workshop on Phylogenetic Methods for graduate students and advanced undergraduates.

The first workshop will be held on Monday, October 7, 2013, in Room 6 Weyandt, and will introduce students to acquiring and working with genetic data in ecological and evolutionary contexts. The workshop will run from 1:30–4:00 p.m.

Townsend will lead participants through a series of exercises designed to familiarize students with different types and formats of genetic data, methods of data acquisition from point sources and data repositories, and alignment of DNA sequence data. Participants will begin by exploring a dataset provided to them, and will then select an organism of interest and build a dataset to analyze that organism.

The second workshop (date and time TBA) will build on the first session and take participants through the basics of phylogenetic analysis using the datasets they created during the previous workshop. Pros and cons of methods such as maximum parsimony, Bayesian inference, and maximum likelihood will be explored.

For more information, contact Townsend (12 Weyandt Hall; 724-357-2587;