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TEA Talk - Estimating robust phylogenies: do's, don'ts, horror stories, and...

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EEG Seminar Room

Gould Building

116 Daley Road

ANU, ACT 2601

Australia

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TEA (Techniques in Evolutionary Analysis) Talks

Hosted by the Centre for Biodiversity Analysis, 'TEA Talks' are a series of short workshops that introduce a range of current methods and analytical approaches in phylogenetics, bioinformatics and macroevolution.


Estimating robust phylogenies: do's, don'ts, horror stories, and opportunities

Rob Lanfear

Lots of people want to estimate phylogenies. Lots of people like their estimates, and think that they are robust.

Lots of people are wrong.

In this talk I'll outline current best-practice in estimating phylogenies, and explain why this will often lead to robust (i.e. correct enough) and publishable trees.

Then I'll tell you what's wrong with current best-practice, why some very smart and sensible people have said that phylogenetics is 'unscientific' and 'no better than data dredging', and how our inferences can be misled in a variety of ways.

I'll illustrate these problems with some good horror stories from the published literature. I'll finish by explaining what I think you and I should be doing to improve phylogenetic inference.

Discussion of the correct spelling of do's and don'ts will be encouraged.

People from all academic backgrounds and levels are welcome. Registration is free.

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EEG Seminar Room

Gould Building

116 Daley Road

ANU, ACT 2601

Australia

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