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BioQUEST Software Laboratory Sessions

Exploratory Evolution Education

Session A     Saturday, June 9th 3:30 - 5:30 pm

Group 1: Chamberlin 202
Tree of Life
Leaders: Katja Schulz, University of Arizona
Sam Donovan, University of Pittsburgh
Anton Weisstein, Truman State University

  • Tree of Life Web Project

    The Tree of Life Web Project (ToL) is a collaborative effort of biologists from around the world. On more than 5000 World Wide Web pages, the project provides information about the diversity of organisms on Earth, their evolutionary history (phylogeny), and characteristics.

    Each page contains information about a particular group of organisms (e.g., echinoderms, tyrannosaurs, phlox flowers, cephalopods, club fungi, or the salamanderfish of Western Australia). ToL pages are linked one to another hierarchically, in the form of the evolutionary tree of life. Starting with the root of all Life on Earth and moving out along diverging branches to individual species, the structure of the ToL project thus illustrates the genetic connections between all living things.

  • Mesquite: A modular system for evolutionary analysis

    Mesquite is software for evolutionary biology, designed to help biologists analyze comparative data about organisms. Its emphasis is on phylogenetic analysis, but some of its modules concern population genetics, while others do non-phylogenetic multivariate analysis. Because it is modular, the analyses available depend on the modules installed.

  • MEGA: Molecular Evolutionary Genetics Analysis

    MEGA is an integrated tool for automatic and manual sequence alignment, inferring phylogenetic trees, mining web-based databases, estimating rates of molecular evolution, and testing evolutionary hypotheses.

  • Split Decomposition

    This worksheet performs split decomposition on a set of four DNA sequences and their associated amino acid sequences. The user can type in the sequences or paste them in from a text file. The program then translates the DNA sequences into amino acid sequences and calculates split indices and four-point conditions for each of the three possible unrooted phylogenies. The user can use these values to assess the data support for each of these topologies.

  • EvolSeq

    This worksheet simulates the molecular evolution of DNA sequences. The program begins with a single (random) sequence, then follows that sequence through time as it reproduces and mutates. Eventually, up to 20 evolutionary related sequences are generated. EvolSeq then calculates the genetic distances between each pair of DNA sequences, and also between the associated amino acid sequences.

  • BiologyOfHeliconius1981.pdf

  • Heliconiines.nex

  • Josia1997PublicVersion.nex

  • LBAInAction.doc

  • BioQuest2007Katja.ppt (8.5 MB)


Group 2: Mayer 222
NESCent and BioQUEST: Investigative Cases
Leaders: Kristin Jenkins, Duke University
Margaret Waterman, Southeast Missouri State University
Ethel Stanley, BioQUEST

Group 3: Chamberlin 208
Numb3r5 Count!
Leaders: Claudia Neuhauser, University of Minnesota
Jory Weintraub, Duke University
John R. Jungck, Beloit College


Sponsored by a grant from the National Science Foundation (DUE/CCLI-ND)

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