Norm Wickett, PhD, Conservation Scientist, Chicago Botanic Garden
Phylogeny and uncertainty in the genomic age: An example from mosses (and more)
Over the past decade in molecular systematics there has been a dramatic decrease in the resources required to collect sequence data. However, this shift has necessitated an increase in the amount of resources required to process and analyze these data and a more careful approach to understanding the distribution of phylogenetic signal. I will discuss how we have been using target enrichment sequencing and transcriptomics to reconstruct relationships in mosses, Onagraceae, and diatoms, with an emphasis on the challenges of, and (possible) solutions to, working with large datasets.