Department of Biological Sciences

USM hosting phenomics workshop

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Dr. Lisa Moore, Professor of Biology, is a co-organizer of the Next Generation Phenomics Workshop, which showcases new tools for scientists and science educators to collect phenomic information for assembling and annotating the Tree of Life. The 2-day workshop, funded by the National Science Foundation, brings together scientists from around the country.

This 2 day workshop will showcase new tools for scientists and science educators to collect phenotypic trait information for assembling and annotating the Tree of Life. New, publically available tools focused on natural language processing (Explorer of Taxon Concepts (ETC), MicroPIE, MicroPIEDigester, MatrixConverter,and MetadataMiner) will enable future scientists to make extensive character matrices that can be integrated with molecular data, mapped onto phylogenies and used for studying evolutionary questions for a diverse range of organisms from microbes to mosses to mammals. Educators can involve students in these projects to help build character matrices in conjunction with scientists. The output can be easily downloaded to MorphoBank for storage, shared with colleagues, and used with the new Arbor Revolutionary Workflow for phylogenetic comparative analyses of the Tree of Life.