Jonathan Hendricks, San Jose State University

Integrating Paleontological, Morphological, and Molecular Sequence Data to Reconstruct the Phylogenetic Positions of Extinct Species

  • DINNER MEETING - Tuesday, November 8, 2011
  • Location: Stanford University

  • 5:30 PM-Social (3/4) Hour, Hartley
  • 6:15 PM-Dinner, Hartley
  • 7:30 PM-Meeting, Jordan Hall, Main Quad, Rm 41

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    Anyone wishing to attend the lecture only is welcome at no cost.

    This will be the 427th meeting since 1954


    Map of North America showing fossil distribution

    Fossil species were once considered central to the process of reconstructing the tree of life, but today such relationships are established mostly by molecular sequence data (e.g., DNA) derived from living organisms. Fossils, however, provide key features that can impact phylogenetic tree structures and they can also directly inform our understanding of the timing of morphological changes, which the modern biota alone cannot. In this presentation, I will demonstrate an integrative approach for incorporating fossil species into the tree of life, focusing on venomous marine snails belonging to the hyperdiverse genus Conus.

    About the Speaker

    photo of Jon measuring a beach deposit

    Jonathan Hendricks

    Jonathan Hendricks has a B.S. in Geology & Geophysics and Zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Ph.D. from Cornell University in Geological Sciences. Before arriving at San Jose State University as an Assistant Professor in 2008, Jonathan was a Post Doctoral Researcher at the University of Kansas. He is also a Research Associate at the Paleontological Research Institution in Ithaca, New York. HendricksŐ research interests include invertebrate paleontology and zoology, especially Cenozoic mollusks, macroevolution, paleobiogeography, and phylogenetic systematics. His current research focuses on the Neogene fossil record of cone snails from tropical America, especially the Dominican Republic and Panama.

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    Everyone (including Stanford folks now) Please make dinner reservations by Nov. 4. Contact Mike Diggles, at U.S. Geological Survey, 345 Middlefield Road, MS-951 Menlo Park, CA 94025, Tel.: (650) 329-5404. Send check made out to “PGS” to Mike.

    Dinner is $35.00. Includes wine (5:30 to 6:15 PM.) and dinner (6:15-7:30 PM.).

    For students from all universities and colleges, the dinner, including the social 3/4-hour, is $8.00 and is partially subsidized thanks to the School of Earth Sciences, Stanford University (Note, no-show reservations owe the full price).

    Doris, whose wonderful crew prepares our meals, asked that we let you know that people who are late RSVPing and people who show up without a reservation will be welcome but that they will be eating on paper plates with plastic utensils (food supply permitting).

    Dues for Academic Year 2011-2012 ($10.00) should be sent to Mike Diggles, U.S. Geological Survey, 345 Middlefield Road, MS-951, Menlo Park, CA 94025. Mike’s phone: (650) 329-5404.

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