This project was prepared as part of a BioQUEST faculty development workshop entitled BioQUEST Summer Workshop 2006: Exploring Complex Data Sets at Beloit College in June 2006. The BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium is committed to the reform of undergraduate biology instruction through an emphasis on engaging students in realistic scientific practices. This approach is sometimes characterized as an inquiry driven approach and is captured in BioQUEST's three P's (problem-posing, problem-solving, and peer-persuasion). As part of this workshop groups of faculty were encouraged to initiate innovative curricular projects. We are sharing these works in progress in the hope that they will stimulate further exploration, collaboration and development. Please see the following links for additional information:

Upcoming events               BEDROCK Problem Spaces

The Tree P's: The 'Pistemology of Phylogeny
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Possible Audiences:

College teachers and students
Biology majors and non-majors courses  


Brief Overview:

Curriculum including a sequence of
educational exercises designed to
Introduce students to “tree-thinking;”
Expose students to distance matrices;
Explore the Workbench Problem Space.  


Project Materials:

Exercise with EvolSeq and graph paper
Biological Workbench activity
Instructor-specific introduction to allow use in several different courses
Step-by-step student guide with screenshots to facilitate use of Workbench components.


Resources and References:

Whippo Problem Space


San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) Biology Workbench  


Future Directions:

Link to work in Whippo Problem. Space
Incorporate MacClade in venues supporting Macintosh computers.