Phylogenetic analyses can take a long time to finish. Instead of starting over from scratch after crashing your computer try to resume your MCMC analysis where you left off. Here’s how it works in BEAST2.0/SNAPP:
>BEAST2.0 -threads 4 -resume -seed 1373461217289 -statefile /Users/leache/SNAPP/phryno.xml.state phryno.xml
The Burke Herpetology website is new and improved thanks to the help of Cathy Britt (Digital Communications Specialist at the Burke). One of the many cool new additions is an Amphibian Q&A section, which includes answers to important questions like “what happens if you kiss a frog?” Thanks to Heidi Rockney for writing all of the Q&A’s.
Physics comedy blog xkcd has posted a simple and elegant figure depicting a horned lizard squirting blood (in color). Excerpt from the post: ”Horned lizards shoot jets of blood from their eyes for distances of up to five feet. I don’t know why they do this because whenever I reach the phrase “shoot jets of blood from their eyes” in an article I just stop there and stare at it until I need to lie down.”
Photo from the the 5th annual workshop on Computational Molecular Evolution.
Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton, UK.
Participants of CoME5
Congratulations to Jamie Oaks on his recent NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. Jamie is joining our lab later this Summer after he finishes up his doctoral work at the University of Kansas. Jamie plans to continue his work on comparative phylogeography. One of the main products of his postdoctoral work will be a new computer program for testing whether multiple species share similar divergence times. He’s also planning to make some exciting new contributions to existing computer programs, like incorporating SNP data. We’re all looking forward to his arrival.