Resolving basal lamiid phylogeny and the circumscription of Icacinaceae with a plastome-scale data set

December 31st, 2015
Stull, G. W., R. D. de Stefano, D. E. Soltis, and P. S. Soltis. 2015. Resolving basal lamiid phylogeny and the circumscription of Icacinaceae with a plastome-scale data set. Am. J. Bot. 102:1794–1813. [View on publisher’s site]

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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
Sun, Y., M. J. Moore, S. Zhang, P. S. Soltis, D. E. Soltis, T. Zhao, A. Meng, X. Li, J. Li, and H. Wang. 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. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2015.12.006. [View on publisher’s site]

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The phenotypic and genetic underpinnings of flower size in Polemoniaceae

December 23rd, 2015
Landis, J. B., R. O’Toole, K. L. Ventura, M. A. Gitzendanner, D. G. Oppenheimer, D. E. Soltis, and P. S. Soltis. 2015. The phenotypic and genetic underpinnings of flower size in Polemoniaceae. Front. Plant Sci. 6:1144. [View abstract on publisher’s site]

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Lauren Gonzalez awarded SSB Grant!

October 29th, 2015

TropaeolumCongratulations 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.

Gainesville Sun covers Tree of Life

October 21st, 2015

Doug Soltis, a distinguished professor of botany at the University of Florida, is pictured with just a sample of recordings for the Tree of Life at Dickinson Hall on the UF campus on Oct. 9. Doug Finger/The Gainesville Sun

Doug and the lab were featured today on the front page of the Gainesville Sun!

 

Here’s the article:

UF team helps fulfill Darwin’s vision: Tree of Life contains the 2.3 million named species on Earth

Lab beach trip to St Augustine

October 12th, 2015

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!

 

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Synthesis of phylogeny and taxonomy into a comprehensive tree of life

September 20th, 2015

Photo Credit: Kristen Grace/Florida Museum of Natural History

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]

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An Exploration into Fern Genome Space

September 17th, 2015

Figure 1 from Wolf et el. 2015Wolf, 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]

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Kicking off the new year with a party

August 25th, 2015

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.
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New species named in honor of Doug: Heuchera soltisii

August 21st, 2015

H.soltisiiRyan 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.”