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Empirical Approaches to Phylogenetic Comparative Methods in Plant Science

Schenk, John [1].

Empirical Approaches to Phylogenetic Comparative Methods in Plant Science.

Phylogenetic comparative methods offer a new frontier of novel approaches leading to discoveries that were unattainable just a short time ago.  Phylogenetic comparative methods are a set of statistically based approaches that incorporate phylogenetic information in a comparative framework in order to test hypotheses of adaptation, function, mode, or tempo of evolution.  These methods can be used to answer many questions across disciplines, including physiology, anatomy and morphology, paleobotany, evolution, and ecology.  Botanical researchers have driven many of the conceptual, methodological, and empirical advances in comparative approaches, yet this research is often presented at other, more broadly scoped meetings.  Consequently, members of the botanical community are not frequently exposed to this field, and are less likely to take advantage of these rapidly growing but methodologically more complex and less familiar approaches.  The proposed joint symposium and colloquium is intended to (1) present the most current methods and questions that can be addressed with such approaches, and (2) provide a comprehensive background of phylogenetic comparative methods to educate and inspire students and other community members. The main goal of the proposed colloquium is to demonstrate the types of empirical questions that can be answered with phylogenetic comparative approaches.  The colloquium, along with the joint symposium (Phylogenetic Comparative Methods and Approaches in Plant Science), is intended to provide a theoretical, conceptual, and methodological background to stimulate intellectual curiosity and to encourage application of these methods to plants.  The colloquium is scheduled for a half-day and each talk will be 15 minutes long.

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Joint Symposium and Colloquium Web Page

1 - Tulane University, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 400 Lindy Boggs Center, New Orleans, LA, 70118-5698, USA

Character evolution
comparative analyses
ecological diversification

Presentation Type: Symposium or Colloquium Presentation
Session: C1
Location: Summit/Boise Centre
Date: Monday, July 28th, 2014
Time: 1:30 PM
Number: C1SUM
Abstract ID:27
Candidate for Awards:None

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