• Phenotype RCN 2016

    At the end of February, Mark Westneat and I attended the fifth Phenotype Research Coordination Network meeting at Biosphere 2 in beautiful Oracle, AZ on behalf of the FuturePhy project. The program included a mix of impactful talks, breakout sessions, and panels about our shared interest in data integration. As an ontology and bioinformatics newbie, this was such an exciting, inviting, and successful opportunity to learn about cutting-edge phenotypic data integration tools and emerging...
  • Welcome to FuturePhy!

    I am really excited to announce our FuturePhy project and would like to invite you to join us....

The FuturePhy Mission

We are a growing community of biologists, computer scientists and others interested in biodiversity and the vast network of relatedness among living things that is the Tree of Life. The central goals of this project are Resolving, Visualizing and Using the Tree of Life: 

  • to assess the successes and remaining challenges at resolving the overall Tree of Life,
  • to explore and promote new ways of viewing the Tree of Life at different scales,
  • to identify the major data sets that are most important and/or most ready for Tree of Life synthesis,
  • to explore research themes and major science infrastructure for Biodiversity and the Tree of Life.

Specifically, this project aims to develop a community consensus around these themes to create a vision for the future of phylogenetics.


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Request for Workshop Proposals - Coordinating and Communicating Evolving Knowledge in Phylogenetics

The FuturePhy project ( is seeking applications to sponsor up to 10 graduate students, postdocs, and/or junior researchers to participate in a workshop held at Duke University, April 27-29, 2017. The workshop is designed to specifically identify the status quo, challenges, and solutions in the domain of "coordinating and communicating evolving knowledge in phylogenetic systematics". Analyses and solution proposals will focus on building services that communicate advancement and conflict in phylogenetic knowledge via traditional nomenclature, phyloreferences, taxonomic concept labels and relationships, and other suitable and scalable solutions. Proposal submission deadline is 15 March, 2017.

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