Saturday, February 27, 2010
Seminar by Jessica Ware on dragonfly phylogenetics, systematics and evolution
This coming Wednesday (March 3, 2010), I am pleased to welcome Dr. Jessica Ware, who is currently a NSF-funded postdoctoral scholar at the American Museum of Natural History in New York (USA). Dr. Ware obtained her thesis at Rutgers University in New Jersey, under the supervision of Professor Mike May, and she is currently a NSF-funded postdoctoral scholar at the invertebrate section of the American Museum of Natural History. Her main research interests are phylogenetics and evolution of odonates, particularly dragonflies, and she uses molecular methods to reconstruct phylogenetic trees and ancestral character states, particularly in Libelluloid dragonflies (Odonata: Anisoptera).
Jessica has also collaborated recently with conservation biologist Prof. Michael J. Samways at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, on the evolutionary history of south african odonates, a researcher which I also recently have obtained a collaborative research grant with from SIDA/VR. You can find a list of Jessica's publications here.
Jessica will give an informal presentation of her research on the lab-meeting this Wednesday, at the usual time (March 3, 10.15) and place ("Darwin Room"). Do not miss this exciting opportunity to learn more about systematics, phylogeny reconstruction, comparative methods and dragonfly evolutionary biology!