Group Of Davids Doing Systematics

Founded 30 March 1996 at the Hula Hut restaurant, Austin, Texas,
by Davids Cannatella, Hillis, Maddison, and Swofford (in spirit), with help from friends

[A note from 2020: The restaurant had forgotten our reservation, and so we had to wait over an hour for a table. During this time, they gave us free daiquiris. The result of that hour was the formation of G.O.D.D.S.]

Welcome to the home page of G.O.D.D.S.!

Junior Synonyms

Alternative names of our group include:

  • Society of Totally Unified Davids Doing Systematics.
  • Davids Always Very Interested in Doing Systematics
  • Super Terrific Association of Real Davids Using Systematic Techniques


Seeing as how all of us have the name David, social events of G.O.D.D.S. can be rather confusing, nomenclatorially speaking, with so many homonyms. Some of us have taken on nicknames:

David CannatellaCatfish
David Hillis
David MaddisonNickname when programming:
(The systematist formerly known as )Nickname when inferring phylogenies:
 (The systematist formerly known as )Fanghorn
David SwoffordDavid*

Davids who wished they were systematists

  • David Attenborough
  • David Baltimore
  • David Barry
  • David Bowie
  • David Brinkley
  • David Crockett
  • David Hume
  • David Letterman
  • David Livingstone
  • King David

Systematists who wished they were called David

Most prominent in this group are the Michaels:

  • Michael Donoghue
  • Michael Hendy
  • Michael Miyamoto
  • Michael Sanderson
  • Michael Steele

Systematists who might have been called David if they had been born 10 minutes earlier

Wayne Maddison

Coming soon

Secret decoder rings, action figures, T-shirts…

[Given that this was written over 20 years ago, it’s unlikely that anything is coming soon.]

20 years later

Three members of G.O.D.D.S., 20 years after its formation.
From left to right, David Maddison, David Swofford, David Hillis.
Austin, Texas, 2016