AT THE PHYLOGENETICS WORKSHOP
KEVIN C. NIXON. Cornell University.
He is the author of a number of utility programs, including Winclada,
and Asado, and coauthor with Pablo Goloboff and Steve Farris of
TNT. An expert on Quercus
(oak trees), Kevin is also the author of the "ratchet," which was
revolutionary in providing a rapid method for solving very large
matrices and those with especially difficult analytical landscapes.
CHRISTOPHER P. RANDLE. Sam Houston State University.
youngest of our instructors, Chris earned his PhD at Ohio State in
2004. Chris' research is primarily in the systematics and evolution of
parasitic plants, especially within the root-parasitic family
Orobanchaceae. He also has made contributions to the operation of
Bayesian methods. He teaches courses including botany, genetics, and
JOHN W. WENZEL. Carnegie Museum of Natural History.
a behavioral ecologist and sociobiologist, John became a
phylogeneticist in order to trace lineages and patterns of adaptation
in complex behaviors. He is a student of Hymenoptera by training, but
publishes with his graduate students on a variety of arthropods.
WARD C. WHEELER. American Museum of Natural History.
of the first molecular geneticists to embrace parsimony procedures. He
introduced "direct optimization" by which DNA sequences are studied
without making a priori statements of homology as required by alignment
methods. With coauthors, he wrote POY.
EFRAIN DE LUNA, (coordinator), INECOL.
often wanders into the intersection of morphometrics and phylogenetics
seeking for answers to such questions as how to analyse morphological
character variation. He is a pioneer of molecular phylogenetics of
bryophytes, a taxonomist of Braunia
(Hedwigiaceae), and also has co-authored papers on phylogeny and
morphometrics of bats, fishes, diverse angiosperms, and even
DOLORES GONZÁLEZ, (TA), INECOL.
of our TAs for this workshop. She is a
molecular systematist working on the phylogeny of Rhizoctonia, an
anamorphic fungi. Since 1992, she
has published with collaborators on the molecular phylogeny of diverse
TANIA CHEW, (TA), INECOL.
our TA for this workshop. She is a systematist of Tillandsia
(Bromeliaceae) working with molecular and morphometric data. She earned
her PhD this year.