Category Archives: Tree of Life

Zephyr 2.0 and Mesquite 3.3 released

Yesterday, after about three years in gestation, we released Zephyr 2.0.  Zephyr is a Mesquite package that manages interactions with phylogeny inference packages including RAxML, GARLI, PAUP, and TNT. The most notable additions to Zephyr 2 include implementation of the … Continue reading

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Happiness is a Big Tree on the Wall

  In the hallway outside my lab, about 800 species of Bembidiina, together in one tree.  🙂

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Infer all the branches!!!!!

I’ve already sent this image out into the Twitterverse, but I thought I should record the thought here as well.  Sometimes us phylogeneticists are rather obsessed about having a complete phylogeny. In one moment when I was dreaming of having all Bembidion … Continue reading

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Dreaming of Saint Helena

Saint Helena is a small island in the Atlantic Ocean that is a very long way from any continent. It is approximately 1850 km from Africa, and about 3290 km from South America.  It is only 16 km by 8 … Continue reading

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My favorite phylogeny

In a previous post, I showed my second-favorite phylogeny. Well, here’s my favorite one, posted on the wall outside my lab. Not that you can really see any details in this picture, but you get the idea:  it’s big.  It … Continue reading

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Changing of the guard

In 1985, my brother Wayne wrote the first version of MacClade, a graphical program for studying branches of a phylogeny (“clades”) and phylogenies more generally.  It was a very small program, that did just a few things, but was notable … Continue reading

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