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Mishler, Brent [2], Fisher, Kirsten [3], Kelchner, Scot A. [1].

Building the Tree of Life.

Reconstructing the evolutionary tree of life presents great conceptual and computational challenges, yet remains one of biology's most compelling enterprises. This forum is intended as an introduction to the topics to be covered in Sunday's workshop (W-2), and will consist of four basic sections. In the first section, we will review the major relationships in the tree of life, and how our understanding of life's diversity has changed. In the second section, we will summarize the concepts behind "tree thinking" and phylogenetics, and briefly describe the methods we use to construct phylogenetic trees. The third section will be presented by a computer scientist, who will introduce the basic mathematics behind tree reconstruction, and discuss some of the analytical challenges that lie ahead as we attempt to include more taxa in the tree of life. The final portion of the forum will be in an open discussion format, to give participants the opportunity to share their views and ask questions of the presenters.
Sponsored by three National Science Foundation supported projects:
* CIPRES (http://landscape.sdsc.edu:8080/CIPRes)
* The Green Tree of Life (http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/TreeofLife/)
* Deep Gene (http://ucjeps.herb.berkeley.edu/bryolab/deepgene/index.html)


Related Links:
The Green Tree of Life
Deep Gene
CIPRES


1 - Australian National University, School of Botany and Zoology, Bldg 116, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, 00200, Australia
2 - University of California, Berkeley, Jepson Herbarium and Department of Integrative Biology, 1001 Valley Life Sciences Bldg. #2465, Berkeley, California, 94720-2465, USA
3 - University of California, Berkeley, Department of Integrative Biology, 3060 Valley Life Sciences Building, Berkeley, California, 94720, USA

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Presentation Type: Education
Session: F2a-1
Location: Wasatch A (Cliff Lodge)
Date: Saturday, July 31st, 2004
Time: 9:30 AM
Abstract ID:1042


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