Lecture 1 - Tree of Life

Our first lecture was given by Adam Reitzel, Postdoctoral Fellow in Biology.

Adam provided an introduction to phylogeny and higher level taxonomic groupings.

For this course, we will be referring to the phylogeny in the Pechenik textbook as well as the "Tree of Life" web project: http://tolweb.org/tree/phylogeny.html

Another useful resource is online from the University of California, Berkeley: http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/exhibit/phylogeny.html

Click HERE to access the sample sheets from Lab 1. We found 7 phyla in our samples from the WHOI and MBL piers.

Please find readings from the Pechenik textbook and primary literature below.

Dunn, CW, et al. (2008) Broad phylogenomic sampling improves resolution of the Animal Tree of Life. Nature. 452:745-749. doi:10.1038/nature06614

Pick, KS, et al. (2010) Improved phylogenomic taxon sampling noticeably affects non-bilaterian relationships. Mol. Biol. Evol. 27:1983–1987. doi:10.1093/molbev/msq089

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Other useful readings, not attached below:

Paps et al. (2009) Bilaterian Phylogeny: A Broad Sampling of 13 Nuclear Genes Provides a New Lophotrochozoa Phylogeny and Supports a Paraphyletic Basal Acoelomorpha. Mol Biol Evol 26: 2397-2406. doi: 10.1093/molbev/msp150

Edgecombe et al. (2011) Higher-level metazoan relationships: recent progress and remaining questions. doi:10.1007/s13127-011-0044-4

Telford and Copley (2011) Improving animal phylogenies with genomic data. doi:10.1016/j.tig.2011.02.003