HUH Seminar Series - Brian A. Atkinson


Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 12:00pm to 1:00pm


22 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138, HUH Seminar Room 125

Brian A. Atkinson, PhD
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Division of Paleobotany, Biodiversity Institute
University of Kansas

Topic: Unearthing the tree of death for Cornales: an integrative approach

Cornales, the dogwood order, rapidly diversified during the Late Cretaceous (100-66 Ma). However, this rapid radiation has made it difficult to infer evolutionary relationships and patterns when including living taxa only. My approach to this problem is to increase the taxon sampling of cornaleans from the Cretaceous record and directly incorporate them (with living taxa) into phylogenetic and comparative analyses. This research highlights the challenges and importance of fossils in reconstructing phylogenetic patterns and evolutionary processes.

Lab: Kramer