I am Stephen A. Smith, an evolutionary biologist and Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. You can find out more information about the people in the lab here and the projects here. A lot of the research in the lab focuses on plant evolution, detecting and describing large scale patterns of evolution, examining differences in the rate of molecular evolution, and using new data sources like transcriptomes and genomes to address these questions. A great deal of this involves the development of new methods and new computational tools.
Along with Chris Dick at the University of Michigan and a number of other researchers at other institutions, we were awarded a grant to study the evolution of the andes. Here is the write up at U of Michigan.
The Smith lab is looking for interested graduate students! If you want to work on plant evolution, evolution at a large scale, molecular evolution, computational and methodological phylogenetics, look no further! Send me an email and we can talk about projects, opportunities, and what it is like to be a graduate student here.
You can apply to the University of Michigan EEB program here and is the general department website.
The lab just published a paper on some methods for combining trees in PLoS Comp Bio. You can get it here.
The construction of the draft tree of life with the Open Tree of Life project is still a work in progress. However, we have been working on ways of visualizing this draft tree and you can see some examples http://dev.opentreeoflife.org/ and you can see my favorite group with this link. Here is a different view with much more information.
Along with Gabriel Harp we have a Google summer of code student Chanda Phelan. She is part of the GNOME and NESCent summer of code allotment. She will be working on ways of visualizing phylogenies in graphs on the web and extending Phylet. Her progress is chronicled here.
Just got back from teaching at the Computational Molecular Evolution course . Was good fun and saw some great lectures. B. Moore took this with Ben Redelings, Tracey Heath and myself in front of Trinity College.
I have launched a new page for my class EEB 491 in phylogenetic methods and theory. It will have code and algorithms for many of the procedures and will continue to grow. It is for the class, but anyone can comment, or contribute.
You can see it here hackingtrees.net
University of Michigan is currently accepting graduate students (see link here) and I am always looking for good students interesting in computational molecular evolution, large scale plant evolution, biogeography, and phylogenetics. If you are interested in joining the lab, check out some recent publications and drop me an email. Here is my faculty page for my email (don’t want to post it here for spam).
The Open Tree of Life grant got some nice press in the nytimes
and the NSF