SICB 2013: PorToL Symposium Presentations

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The PorToL team hosted a symposium at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB), titled Assembling the Poriferan Tree of Life. The symposium was co-sponsored by the the American Microscopical Society, the SICB Division of Phylogenetics and Comparative Biology, and the SICB Division of Invertebrate Zoology

Papers from the symposium were published in the September 2013 issue of Integrative and Comparative Biology.

The following presentations from the symposium are available to view. Please contact the authors of these presentations with your comments and suggestions.

  • Bob Thacker: Assembling the Poriferan Tree of Life: Integrative Taxonomy and Systematics Reveal New Patterns of Sponge Evolution.
  • Niamh Redmond: New 18S rDNA Sequence Data Suggest Exciting New Hypotheses for Internal Relationships of Demospongiae (Phylum Porifera).
  • Nicole Boury-Esnault: From integrative taxonomy to integrative phylogeny: a case-study, the Homoscleromorpha.
  • Christine Morrow: Molecular phylogenies support homoplasy of multiple morphological characters used in the taxonomy of Heteroscleromorpha (Porifera: Demospongiae).
  • Michelle Klautau: Calcarea evolution: morphology and molecules.
  • Eduardo Hajdu: Towards an Evolutionary Classification of Mycalina and Latrunculina (Poecilosclerida).
  • John Hooper: Managing and sharing the escalating sponge “unknowns”: the SpongeMaps project.
  • Cristina Diaz: Don’t judge a book by its cover: Discovering two new Verongida genera (Class Demospongiae, Porifera).
  • Dennis Lavrov: The origin of freshwater sponges: when, where, and why?.
  • Gert Woerheide: Phylogenomics of non-bilaterian animals: pitfalls and challenges.