Monday, March 23rd, 2015 - Siavash Mirarab develops computational methods to investigate large datasets in biology


On this episode we're joined by University of Texas at Austin computer science PhD student, Siavash Mirarab, whose research focuses on large-scale phylogenetics. Siavash and his advisor Tandy Warnow developed a new technique for estimating evolutionary relationships ("statistical binning") that enabled an international consortium of researchers to redraw the bird family tree. He talks about this part of his PhD work which was recently published in Science magazine.  Join us to learn about the computational side of biology, where complex models and methodologies are used to understand evolution from Slavish Mirarab. 

Monday, March 2nd, 2015 - Nate Pope, Hollis Woodard, Sarah Cusser, and Kim Ballare (of the Jha Lab) discuss native bee life history and conservation


Shalene Jha’s research group at UT-Austin conducts research on plant and pollinator landscape ecology, plant and pollinator population genetics and disease ecology, and how land use impacts critical ecological processes for native plants and their pollinators. Postdoctoral researcher Hollis Woodard and PhD students Nate Pope, Sarah Cusser, and Kim Ballare joined us to talk about native bee natural history, the evolution of sociality in bees, pollination ecology, and how agricultural development and urban landscapes affect native bee populations. Tune in to learn about how important and amazing native bees are!



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