Northeast arthropod divergence time estimation workshop at Rutgers University, NJ

08-Jan-2010 - 08-Jan-2010

Northeast arthropod divergence time estimation workshop at Rutgers
University, NJ
Friday, January 8, 2010
Dr. Jessica Thomas and Dr. Jessica Ware,

The following one-day symposium may be of interest to Evoldir
Registration is free, but space is limited; please pre-register soon so
that we will have an idea of numbers
( or email:

Friday, January 8th, 2010, from 8:30 am
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
Rutgers Student Center (College Avenue Campus Centre),
124 College Ave, New Brunswick, NJ, 08901, USA

Hosted at Rutgers University, sponsored by the Office of the Executive
Dean of Agriculture & Natural Resources
(, the Department of Ecology,
Evolution & Natural Resources (, the
Department of Entomology (,
the Office for the Promotion of Women in Science, Engineering and Math
(WiSEM) (; Rutgers University is a recipient
an NSF ADVANCE grant).

Organizers: Dr. Jessica Thomas ( & Dr. Jessica
Ware (
Executive Sponsors: Executive Dean Dr. Robert Goodman, and Chair of
Department of Ecology and Evolution, Dr. Henry John-Adler

This is a one-day symposium.

Divergence time estimation is an exciting current area of interest, and
we are seeing great advances in both methodologies and taxonomic
coverage. Research on arthropod divergences is vital due to their
biodiversity and both ecological and economic importance. Dating in
arthropods can provide insight into fascinating questions such as the
timing of the great angiosperm divergence, co-evolution of parasites and
hosts, and a variety of other aspects of life on earth, encompassing
subject areas across anthropology, vector biology, paleontology, geology
and geography.

This workshop on molecular dating in arthropods intends to provide an
opportunity to share new methodological advances, explore current
on taxa of interest and provide interface time among fossil and
researchers. The set up of this workshop is specifically aimed to
networking and collaboration, with extended lunch and coffee times
provided for discussion.

We have a broad program of speakers, ranging from molecular
researchers to
paleontologists, with a diverse range of talks from organismal work to

Speaker line-up: Sarah Boyer, Sean Brady, Frank Burbrink, Seth Bybee,
Geraci, David Grimaldi, Akito Kawahara, Karl Kjer, Jessica Light,
Moreau, Sergios-Orestis Kolokotronis, Chris Owen, Alex Pyron, Sara
Hojun Song, Gavin Svenson, Jessica Thomas, Jessica Ware.

Rutgers University is centrally located in the Northeastern US, ideal
easy accessibility by car, Amtrak, NJ transit or plane (Newark, JFK or
LaGuardia). For maps please visit:

Register at: or contact the
organizers by email. You can also find this meeting on facebook: where we will
post details of the official event website, which is coming soon!