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Christopher Taylor at the excellent Catalogue of Organisms has a thought provoking post on the taxonomic diversity of described species. He has a picture of animal groups, plants and fungi scaled by number of described species. I like these sorts of pictures; they are great...

I've written previously on struggles with data management and looking for ways to keep good electronic records. I recently discovered DropBox. It synchronises all data placed in the local dropbox folder between multiple subscribed Mac/PC machines. Syncing is in real-time (i.e. continuous not periodically scheduled)...

I’ve just had a manuscript published at BMC Evolutionary Biology so thought I’d share a synopsis.I’ve been interested in root knot nematodes for a while as they are a powerful system for evolutionary genetics and amazingly successful parasites of plants- especially crop plants. Trudgill and...

Today is the 150th anniversary of the presentation of the work of Darwin and Wallace at the Linnean Society. Tell somebody about it, just one extra person. Simple things like this make all the difference. Many people might be surprised to hear that natural...

Just watched Spain win the Euro2008 football final in the Ernst Haeckel stadium, Austria. I was really pleased that Haeckel, evolutionary biologist and artist, originator of the term "phylogeny" and many other key concepts, has been honoured with a football stadium in his name. Sadly...

The script I referred to in my last post is actually seqConverter.pl written by Olaf Bininda-Emonds, with a few minor modifications to send the output directly to phyml. I thought I would flag up his site which has a large and very useful collection of...

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