meeting at Mickey's doorstep was a big success; in this Olympic
year we could even say 'the best ever.' A big part of the success
of this year's meeting was due to the fine job Jackie Webb and
Thomas Schilling did putting on the symposium Zebrafish in
Comparative Context, sponsored in part by DSEB. And as always our
division was well represented by fine student presentations,
including the winners of the division's best student presentation
awards: Sarah Boyer, (Harvard University) Vicariance in the
harvestman family Pettalidae (Arachnida, Opioliones, Cyphophthalmi)
during the breakup of Gondwana, and L. Nicole Cox (Auburn
University) Phylogeography of Sterechinus neumayeri from
South American and Antarctic waters using the 16S mtDNA marker.
conclusion of this year's meeting, Ken Halanych stepped down as
chair of DSEB. We owe Ken thanks for his fine service these past two
years; especially, for guiding us through a major overhaul of the
division bylaws. Pat Reynolds also deserves thanks for doing much of
the actual work of putting together the revision, and for
volunteering to put in an extra year's service as secretary to
ensure the correct stagger of terms. The changes in the bylaws bring
us in line with the other divisions and help insure that we have some
institutional memory. So, Pat and Ken, thanks for the memory.
memories of the last meeting are fresh, it is a good time to consider
what might make next year's meeting even better. We particularly
need program ideas for future symposia and for the Phylogenetics for
Dummies workshop. Please send your ideas to any of the officers;
we'll make sure they get the attention they deserve.
to all. I do not have too much to report except to extend my thanks
to several people: to our candidates, Anne Maglia, Kenneth D.
Angielczyk, Audrey Aronowsky, and Nerida
G. Wilson, for agreeing to run for divisional
office, and to the nominating committee, especially Ken Halanych and
Don Swiderski, for building our slate.
also to Ken Halanych for his work as chair for the last couple of
years. While I attended the Orlando meetings, I was unable to be at
the DSEB business meeting, and am very grateful to Michele Nishiguchi
for taking the minutes in my absence!
We are still
hoping to enhance the DSEB webpage on the SICB web site, and all
ideas are welcome. One of the easiest ways to do this is to post
research-related illustrations, so perhaps if you have some summary
figures (characters mapped on trees, for example) you might consider
them appropriate and submit them with a short legend to me or to any
of the officers.
of the 2006 DSEB Business Meeting, 7 Jan. 2006, Orlando
Halanych opened the meeting and introduced new incoming Chair, Don
Swiderski, Program Officer Michele Nishiguchi, incoming Program
Officer-elect Rachel Collin, incoming Secretary-elect, Marta
deMaintenon, and Student Representative Rena Bryan.
Ken reported on
a proposal submitted for a new division of comparative biomechanics
(submitted by Robert Full). The executive committee wanted feedback
from all of the divisions, but Ken noted this theme does not really
asked if there was a need for the addition of more divisions; Ken
noted that the cellular division folded, and there has been interest
in the new Division of Evolutionary Developmental Biology.
raised the issue of the intent of the officers and members of DSEB,
i.e., in which direction do the members want the division to move.
Some discussion ensued.
attendance for the 2006 meeting was 1266. The 2007 meeting will be in
Phoenix, AZ, and the 2008 meeting in San Antonio in 2008.
mentioned the changes in the SICB journal, Integrative and
Comparative Biology, which is now paired with Oxford for online
publications and submissions. Symposium papers should be published
more quickly once edited and proofed.
that there was also discussion about SICB meeting with the European
Experimental Biology meetings (every 3 years).
the DSEB budget; it is normally 3K, but we requested 4K this year to
pay for a combined business meeting and social (for the 2007
meetings), which should draw more attendance to the division
Michele Nishiguchi reported that the student awards/judging went well
and that the talks/posters were excellent at this meeting. She also
made an announcement requesting symposium proposals for 2008.
Ken and Don
called for ideas to revamp the web page for the division,
particularly with new images. Any material for the web page can be
sent to them or to the Secretary, Pat Reynolds.
Representative Rena Bryan reported on the idea of holding a student
workshop on publishing at the Phoenix meeting. It would contain
topics such as what editors expect, what manuscripts need to get
published, and to what types of journals to submit. She wanted to
know if editors from various journals would be willing to participate
in such a panel. Rena also raised the possibility of having a
student/postdoc luncheon to get advice on this issue at the meeting,
or perhaps combine the workshop with a lunch.
the possibility of running the social as a co-social with other
divisions to promote systematics.
Don also led
discussion on possible improvements for the Phylogenetics for Dummies
workshop. Suggestions included having a Phylogenetics and Comparative
Methods for Dummies workshop, which would cover a broader array of
topics, such as designing comparative methods for meaningful data.
how broad did we want to make systematics, and whether it would
include topics such as phylogeography. He suggested talking to other
divisional program officers regarding new ideas, and to try to link
the workshop to symposia at the meetings. For example, what areas are
needed in this workshop? What are the new/hot topics that may be
called for anyone interested in helping out the division, such as in
running for office or otherwise, to contact himself or any of the
moved that the meeting be adjourned, Don Swiderski seconded, and the
meeting was adjourned.
Upcoming Meetings of Interest to the Division
the joint annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Evolution
(SSE), the Society of Systematic Biologists (SSB), and the American
Society of Naturalists (ASN), June 23-27, 2006, hosted by
Department of Ecology and Evolution, Stony Brook University, NY. More
The Society for
Molecular Biology and Evolution Annual Meeting : "Genomes,
Evolution, and Bioinformatics," May 24-28, 2006 hosted by
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. More info:
of Candidates for Divisional Offices
Elections: Candidates for Chair-elect
Anne M. Maglia
Position: Assistant Professor, University of Missouri-Rolla
B.S., Zoology, Ohio University, 1992; M.S., Biological Sciences, East
Tennessee State University, 1994; Ph.D., Ecology and Evolutionary
Biology, University of Kansas, 2000.
Experience: Postdoctoral Associate, 2000-2002, Natural History
Museum and Biodiversity Research Center and Division of Biological
Sciences, University of Kansas.
Activities: Co-organizer and presenter (with D. Swiderski) of
DSEB workshops "Phylogenetics for Dummies: Picking a Tree from
the Forest" and "Phylogenetics for Dummies: Optimizing
Characters on Existing Hypotheses of Relationships"; Chair for
DSEB paper sessions; Judge for DSEB Student Paper Competitions; DSEB
Program Officer 2000-2001.
Memberships: Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles,
International Society for Computational Biology, American Society of
Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, The Herpetologists League,
Midsouth Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Society, Phi Sigma,
Interests: My research focuses on the evolution of amphibians,
with specific interests in phylogenetic relationships within and
among groups, the role of development in generating anatomical
diversity, and the evolution of life history traits. In addition,
much of my research also focuses on the development of computational
methods for visualizing and analyzing biological data, including the
application of data mining techniques to understanding character
non-independence, the development of a web-accessible library of 3D
visualizations of anatomy, and the use of distributed databases and
genetic algorithms to monitor and model biodiversity.
Statement: My main goal as an officer in DSEB is to continue to
enhance the reputation and visibility of our division both within
SICB and among the scientific community. Because accurate phylogenies
based on sound methodologies are crucial to all facets of integrative
and comparative biology, DSEB is unique in that we characterize the
foundation for much of the research in other SICB divisions. Our
membership may seem small, but DSEB is a secondary affiliation for
many SICB members, and we represent a significant part of much of the
research in the society. With this role comes the responsibility of
demonstrating the importance and utility of systematic methodologies
to strengthening comparative research. I would support our divisional
efforts to develop symposia and workshops that attract (and partner
with) participants, sponsorship, and audiences from other SICB
divisions and scientific societies, and I would focus on promoting
the success and participation of the student members of our division.
Patrick D. Reynolds
Position: Professor, Biology Department, Hamilton College (2005-)
B.Sc. (Hons.), Zoology, University College Galway (1983); Ph.D.,
Biology, University of Victoria (1992).
Experience: Associate (1998-2005), Assistant (1992-98)
Professor, Biology Department, Hamilton College; Research Fellow/
Visiting Post-doctoral Researcher (1990-92), Institute of Marine
Sciences, UC Santa Cruz; Lecturer (1990-91): East/West Marine
Biology Program, and Department of Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley.
Activities: Member (1987-); numerous presentations; DSEB
Secretary (2004-2007), DSEB (2006) and DIZ (1998, 1999) Best
Student Paper Award Panels; DSEB (2004, 2005) and DIZ (2005)
nominating committees; Editor/Editor-in-Chief (2003-), Co-Editor
(1997-2003) of Invertebrate Biology, journal of the American
Microscopical Society and DIZ.
Memberships: AAAS, American Malacological Society, American
Microscopical Society, Malacological Society of London, Society for
the Study of Evolution, Society of Systematic Biologists, Willi
Interests: Functional morphology and
evolution of invertebrates, particularly the smaller molluscan
classes and especially the Scaphopoda; comparative studies addressing
the evolution of organ systems and clades using morphological and
Statement: DSEB no doubt has special place in SICB, being a
division with which many members claim affiliation, but often a
secondary one. This is reflected in some of our activities having
much support-sponsoring symposia, running the "Phylogenetics
for Dummies" workshops, strong student paper competitions-while
other activities struggle, such as our business meetings where
attendance is small. So, we need to consider how to increase and keep
active members to continue our strong contributions to the society.
Recently, increasing interest in running for office, revised bylaws
to allow student representative elections, plans for a social, and
ideas to broaden the Phylogenetics for Dummies workshop are steps in
this direction. Encouraging and serving our early-career members
should help strengthen our active membership.
for Student Representative
Kenneth D. Angielczyk
Position: Royal Society USA/Canada Research Fellow, Department of
Earth Sciences, University of Bristol
Ph.D., Department of Integrative Biology, University of California,
distinction, Biology/Geology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1998
Experience: Royal Society USA/Canada Research Fellow, University
of Bristol, 11/2005 to present; NSF Postdoctoral Fellow in
Interdisciplinary Informatics, California Academy of Sciences, 9/2003
to 8/2005; Graduate Student Instructor, nine semesters between 1/1999
and 8/2003, University of California, Berkeley; Curatorial Assistant,
one year in total between 8/1998 and 7/2001, University of California
Museum of Paleontology; Assistant Fossil Preparator, 9/1995 to
6/1998, University of Michigan Museum of Paleontology
Services: Judge, best student presentation, Division of Ecology
and Evolution, 2006 Annual Meeting; Judge, best student presentation,
Division of Systematics and Evolutionary Biology, 2005 Annual Meeting
Memberships: Geological Society of America, International Society
for Phylogenetic Nomenclature, Palaeontological Society of Southern
Africa, Paleontological Society, Society of Systematic Biologists,
Society of Vertebrate Paleontology
Interests: Paleobiology of anomodont therapsids; end-Permian mass
extinction in the terrestrial realm; evolution of herbivory in
terrestrial vertebrates; the role of stratigraphic data in phylogeny
reconstruction; geometric morphometrics; morphology of the turtle
shell; phylogenetic nomenclature.
Statement: My goals as the student/postdoc representative for the
division would be simple. First, I would like to ensure that the
division and the society are a valuable resource for student and
postdocs. We're all in the process of laying the foundations for
our academic and scientific careers, and any help we receive is
greatly appreciated. Second, I hope to be an accessible, effective
link between student members of the division and the administration
of the division and the society.
Position: Postdoctoral Researcher, Louisiana State University,
Ph.D. in Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley,
2003; B.S. in Geology, Bryn Mawr College, 1995
Experience: Postdoctoral Researcher, Louisiana State University,
Baton Rouge, Fall 2003-present; Graduate Student Instructor,
University of California, Berkeley, Fall 1998-Spring 2003
Services: Judge, best student presentation, Division of Ecology
and Evolution, 2005 and 2006 Annual Meetings; Session Chair, Division
of Systematics and Evolutionary Biology, 2006 Annual Meeting; Session
Chair, Division of Invertebrate Zoology, 2004 Annual Meeting
Paleontological Society, American Malacological Society, Western
Society of Malacologists, Baton Rouge Geological Society
Interests: Phylogeny of corbulid bivalves with the goal of
understanding the modern and fossil record of ecosystem invasion
within the clade; growth and shape change of corbulid bivalves using
geometric morphometrics; phylogeny reconstruction of naticid
gastropods with the goal of understanding the multiple losses of
stereotyped drilling predation within the clade; naticid gastropod
reproductive and feeding biology.
Statement: Students and postdocs are the future of any scientific
society and they need a representative with practical ideas to help
them get the most out of the annual meetings and other services the
society offers. As student/postdoc representative for DSEB, I will
continue the tradition of society-wide student/postdoc workshops on
topics critical to future success such as funding, customizing your
CV, cover letters, and networking at meetings. Simple things, such as
organizing the job announcement board at the annual meeting (by field
and posting date) will help fellow students and postdocs to locate
positions of interest. Finally, if I am elected, I will have the
satisfaction of beating my husband and fellow candidate, Ken, without
having to physically harm him (which is illegal) or engage in a nasty
smear campaign (which, while legal, may shorten our marriage).
Nerida G. Wilson
Position: Feb 2005-present, Postdoctoral Researcher, Auburn
1998 Bachelor of Science, University of Melbourne, Australia;
1999 BSc (Honors), University of Queensland, Australia; 2004 PhD,
Marine Science, University of Queensland, Australia.
Experience: May 04-present, Visiting Research Fellow,
University of Adelaide; May-Dec 2004, Research Associate, South
Australian Museum, Adelaide, Australia; June-Oct 2002, Marine
Invertebrate Scientist, Operation Wallacea, Sulawesi, Indonesia.
Activities: Member since 2005; presentation at 2005 Annual
Memberships: Society of Australian Systematic Biologists,
Australian Marine Sciences Association, Malacological Society of
Interests: Molecular phylogeny and phylogeography of
marine invertebrates; systematics of opisthobranch mollusks; color
evolution and mimicry; invertebrate life history, behavior and
symbioses; sperm competition and mating systems
Statement: I believe that great scientific potential lies in many
pre-graduate and graduate students. Much of this potential is
diverted away from science for various reasons. I hope to encourage
students to remain in science by making career pathways more
accessible and visible, especially to women, international and
minority groups. I believe that SICB does much to support this, and
my goal is to help maintain this vision.
Link to officer list on DSEB page