Resolving basal lamiid phylogeny and the circumscription of Icacinaceae with a plastome-scale data setDecember 31st, 2015
Phylogenomic and structural analyses of 18 complete plastomes across all families of early-diverging eudicots, including an angiosperm-wide analysis of IR gene content evolution.December 31st, 2015
Congratulations to Lauren Gonzalez who was recently awarded a Graduate Student Research Award from the Society of Systematic Biologists for her proposal titled “Elucidating the Evolutionary History of Tropaeolum (Tropaeolaceae): Implications for Historical Biogeography, Trait Evolution, and Conservation”
Tropaeolum (Tropaeolaceae) comprises ~ 90 species native to Central and South America that are distributed throughout the Andes, within a variety of different habitat types, including several biodiversity hotspots. They also show great variation in floral morphology (e.g. color, shape, size) and some species have been important cultivars around the world. Because of its distribution and diversity, this genus represents an ideal system to study how geological and environmental processes have affected plant evolution in South America. The goals of this study are to resolve the phylogeny of Tropaeolum using a next-generation sequencing approach and subsequently explore biogeography, trait evolution, and conservation status.
Doug and the lab were featured today on the front page of the Gainesville Sun!
Here’s the article:
This weekend a lot of people from the lab headed over to Anastasia State Park near St. Augustine to enjoy some time on the beach. Thanks Miao for the photo!
Hinchliff, C. E., S. A. Smith, J. F. Allman, J. G. Burleigh, R. Chaudhary, L. M. Coghill, K. A. Crandall, J. Deng, B. T. Drew, R. Gazis, K. Gude, D. S. Hibbett, L. A. Katz, H. D. Laughinghouse, E. J. McTavish, P. E. Midford, C. L. Owen, R. H. Ree, J. A. Rees, D. E. Soltis, T. Williams, and K. A. Cranston. 2015. Synthesis of phylogeny and taxonomy into a comprehensive tree of life. PNAS 201423041. [View article on publisher’s site]
Wolf, P. G., E. B. Sessa, D. B. Marchant, F.-W. Li, C. J. Rothfels, E. M. Sigel, M. A. Gitzendanner, C. J. Visger, J. A. Banks, D. E. Soltis, P. S. Soltis, K. M. Pryer, and J. P. Der. 2015. An Exploration into Fern Genome Space. Genome Biol Evol 7:2533–2544. [View abstract on publisher’s site]
Here’s a photo a good portion of the lab. It was taken at a start of the year party at Pam and Doug’s.
Ryan Folk, who happens to be a new post-doc in the lab, and Patrick Alexander have named a new species of Heuchera in honor of Doug: Heuchera soltisii.
Folk, R. A., and P. J. Alexander. 2015. Two New Species, Heuchera soltisii and H. inconstans, with Further Taxonomic Notes for the Western Group of Heuchera Section Heuchera (Saxifragaceae). Systematic Botany 489–500. [View on publisher’s site]
“Etymology—This species is named for Douglas Edward Soltis, who, in addition to his early biosystematic work on Sullivantia Torr. & Gray and the Heuchera group of genera, contributed the earliest molecular-systematic studies on saxifrages, greatly improving our understanding of their natural relationships and providing molecular evidence on the importance of hybridization in their history.”