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High species diversity may result from recent rapid speciation in a ‘cradle’ and/or the gradual accumulation and preservation of …

Should we build our own phylogenetic trees based on gene sequence data or can we simply use available synthesis phylogenies? This is a …

Recent studies have detected strong phylogenetic signals in tree–fungus associations for diseased leaves and mycorrhizal symbioses. …

Recently Ulloa Ulloa et al.(2017) published a 2600-page online checklist of the New World vascular plants (the Checklist hereafter) …

Juglans species have considerable ecological and economic value worldwide. In China, Wenwan walnuts have been collected by aristocrats …

There has been increasing interest in integrating a regional tree of life with community assembly rules in the ecological research. …

Premise of the study: The One Thousand Plant Transcriptomes Project (1KP, 1000+ assembled plant transcriptomes) provides an enormous …

Microsatellites, or simple sequence repeats (SSRs), have long played a major role in genetic studies due to their typically high …

Rosidae, a clade of approximately 90,000 species of angiosperms, exhibits remarkable morphological diversity and extraordinary …

Projects

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Dimensions

Biodiversity is multidimensional, composed of genetic, phenotypic, ecological, and geographic variation within and among species. The forests of eastern Asia and eastern North America were anciently connected, offering an excellent opportunity to study the drivers of its biodiversity. This is a US-China collaboration project. See Project Homepage

Rosid Phylogeny and Diversification

Rosids, among the largest clades of angiosperms (90,000–120,000 species, ca. 25% of all angiosperms), exhibit tremendous overall diversity in morphology, chemistry, habit, reproductive strategy, and life history. However, our knowledge of this clade is remarkably limited along any sampling metric, hampering efforts to better understand its incredible species diversity.

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5-min lightning talk to introduce my research to researchers at Florida Museum of Natural History

I have visited a lot places in south part of China. These places are genreally hostspots of biodiversity of China. Especially I love …

Those outreach activities always make me wondering how could I deliver the knowledge I learned to the public and also make me realized …

Our world’s heartbeat is its biodiversity. This complex network of all life is responsible for the food we eat, the water we drink …

I saw a figure of all potential Christmas tree 🎄 at 🐦 Polypompholyx’s Tweet. It looks strange for my first impression. So I did a quick …

Teaching

I am Certified Instructor of The Carpentries (a non-profit organization, aiming to teach foundational coding and data science skills to researchers worldwide). I’m aslo an ex-board member of UF Carpentries Club. Here are some workshop stats that summerize the numbers of workshops we organized and the numbers of people that we trained.

2018

2017

Experience

 
 
 
 
 
January 2016 – Present
Gainesville, FL, USA

Postdoc on Dimensions Project

Florida Museum of Nature History

  • Served as a main communicating point between US and China
  • Data assemblage (field work and sampling, DNA extraction, evaluation, and sample preparation, molecuar marker design, and molecular data generation)
  • Analyses (phylogeny)
  • Publication (paper, and posters)
 
 
 
 
 
January 2015 – January 2016
Gainesville, FL, USA

Postdoc on Tree of Life Project

Department of Biology, University of Florida

  • Bridging US and China research teams
  • Assembling data
  • Building the China Tree of Plant Life (rosids)
  • Publishing results
 
 
 
 
 
September 2014 – January 2015
Beijing, China

Research Assistant

Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences

  • Chinese vasular plant phylogeny reconstruction

Contact

  • 352 two84 o928
  • Room 301B, Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville, Florida, 32611, USA

Curriculum Vitae

Miao Sun

Contact Information

Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida
Dickinson Hall, 1659 Museum Rd, PO. Box 117800
Gainesville, FL 32611-7800, USA

Email: cactusresponsible@gmail.com;
cactus@ufl.edu

Homepage: https://www.sunmiao.name

Twitter: \@Miao_the_Sun

Positions

Research Interests

A phylogenetic tree is a pivotal framework for solving fundamental issues in biology. My long-term research goal is to use a robust understanding of phylogeny to elucidate patterns of evolutionary radiations in angiosperms and to address the causes of plant diversification using the tools of comparative biology.

Education

  • 2009 ~ 2014, PhD in Botany, Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • 2006 ~ 2009, Master of Botany, Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • 2002 ~ 2006, Bachelor of Environmental Science, College of Resources and Environment, Beijing Forestry University

Research Skills

  • Taxonomic skills:

    Able to identify most seed plants at genera level or at least family level and expert in Elaeagnus (Elaeagnaceae), familiar with International Code of Botanical Nomenclature and mastering the process of compressing specimens

  • Molecular biology skills:

    DNA extraction, clone, PCR, sequencing, genome assembling, and genome size measurement

  • Bioinformatical skills:

    • Experienced with standard biological software and genome dataset analysis (e.g., probe design, genome assembly)
    • Proficient in Shell, R, git, Perl, and Python programming languages, familiar with SQL, version control (git), experienced in applied programming for biological data analysis and reproducible data science.

  • Language skills:

    Fluent spoken and written Chinese and English

Honors & Awards

  • 2017: Certified Instructor of Software Carpentry, and qualified to teach Software Carpentry’s core curriculum.
  • 2006 ~ 2014: First-class Scholarship for Graduate Student of Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • 2008: Honored as a science popularization volunteer
  • 2004 ~ 2005: Second Scholarships for Excellent Academic Score BFU and National Grants.
  • 2003: Third Scholarships for Excellent Academic Score and National second-class scholarship.
  • 2002: Chinese scholarship.

Publications

*equally contributing author; 22 publications, h-index 8; 264 total citations according to Google Scholar

Papers:

  1. Sun M, Folk FA, Gitzendanner MA, Smith SA, Germain-Aubrey C, Guralnick RP, Soltis PS, Chen ZD, Soltis DE. (Submitted) Exploring the phylogeny and diversification of rosids with a five-locus supermatrix.
  2. Shimai H, Whitten M, Setoguchi P, Roberts D, Sun M. (Submitted) Phylogeny and biogeography of the genus Pinguicula L. (Lentibulariaceae) based on nuclear ribosomal DNA and chloroplast DNA. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society.
  3. Xue B, Guo X, Landis JB, Sun M, Tang CC, Soltis PS, Soltis DE, R.M.K. Saunders RMK. (2019). Accelerated diversification correlated with functional traits shapes extant diversity of the early divergent angiosperm family Annonaceae. bioRxiv 652065; doi: 10.1101652065
  4. Li DJ, Lauren Trotta L, Marx HE, Allen JM, Sun M, Soltis DE, Soltis PS, Guralnick RP, Baiser BH. (Accepted) For comparing phylogenetic diversity among communities, go ahead and use synthesis phylogenies. Ecology.
  5. Yang T, Tedersoo L, Soltis PS, Soltis DE, Gilbert JA, Sun M, Shi Y, Wang HF, Li YT, Zhang J, Chen ZD, Lin HY, Zhao YP, Fu CX, Chu HY. (2018). Phylogenetic imprint of woody plants on the soil mycobiome in natural mountain forests of eastern China. The ISME Journal. doi: 10.1038/s41396-018-0303-x
  6. Marodiev EV, Sun M, Schroder L, Steadman DW, Ebach MC. (2018). Moving from modern toward post-modern science: comment on “An integrated assessment of the vascular plants of the Americas.” Phytotaxa 351: 96–98.
  7. Folk RA, Sun M, Soltis PS, Smith SA, Soltis DE, and Robert P. Guralnick. (2018). Challenges of comprehensive taxon sampling in comparative biology: Wrestling with Rosids. American Journal of Botany 105(3): 433–445.
  8. Lu LM, Mao L, Yang T, Ye JF, Liu B, Li HL, Sun M*, Miller JT, Mathews S, Hu HH, Niu YT, Peng DX, Chen YH, Smith SA, Chen M, Xiang KL, Le CT, Dang VC, Lu AM, Soltis PS, Soltis DE, Li JH, Chen ZD. (2018). Evolutionary history of the angiosperm flora of China. Nature 554: 234–238. doi: 10.1038/nature25485.
  9. Mu XY, Sun M, Yang PF, Lin QW. (2017). Unveiling the identity of Wenwan walnuts and phylogenetic relationships of Asian Juglans species using restriction site-associated DNA-sequencing. Frontiers in Plant Science (8): 1708. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2017.01708
  10. Hodel RG, Gitzendanner MA, Germain-Aubrey CC, Liu X, Crowl AA, Sun M, Landis JB, Segovia-Salcedo MC, Douglas NA, Chen SC, Soltis DE, Soltis PS. (2016). A new resource for the development of SSR markers: Millions of loci from a thousand plant transcriptomes. Applications in Plant Sciences 4(6): 1600024.
  11. Hodel RG, Segovia-Salcedo MC, Landis JB, Crowl AA, Sun M, Liu XX, Gitzendanner MA, Douglas NA, Germain-Aubrey CC, Chen SC, Soltis DE, Soltis PS. (2016). The report of my death was an exaggeration: A review for researchers using microsatellites in the 21st century. Applications in Plant Sciences 4(6): 1600025.
  12. Chen ZD, Yang T, Li Lin, Lu LM, Li HL, Sun M, Liu B, Chen M, Niu YT, Ye JF, Cao ZY, Liu HM, Wang XM, Wang W, Zhang JB, Meng Z, Cao W, Li JH, Wu SD, Zhao HL, Liu ZJ, Du ZY, Wang QF, Guo J, Tan XX, Su JX, Zhang LJ, Yang LL, Liao YY, Li MH, Zhang GQ, Chung SW, Zhang J, Xiang KL, Li RQ, Soltis DE, Soltis PS, Zhou SL, Ran JH, Wang XQ, Jin XH, Chen YS, Gao TG, Li JH, Zhang SZ, Lu AM. (2016). Tree of life for the genera of Chinese vascular plants. Journal of Systematics and Evolution 54(4): 227-306.
  13. Li HL, Wang W, Li RQ, Zhang JB, Sun M, Naeem R, Su JX, Xiang XG, Mortimer PE, Li DZ, Hyde KD, Xu JC, Soltis DE, Soltis PS, Li JH, Zhang SZ, Wu H, Chen ZD, Lu AM. (2016). Global versus Chinese perspectives on the phylogeny of the N-fixing clade. Journal of Systematics and Evolution 54(4): 392-399.
  14. Sun M, Naeem R, Su JX, Burleigh GJ, Solits DE, Soltis PS, Chen ZD. (2016). Phylogeny of the Rosidae: A dense taxon sampling analysis. Journal of Systematics and Evolution 54(4): 363-391.
  15. Sun M, Solits DE, Soltis PS, Zhu XY, Burleigh GJ, Chen ZD. (2015). Deep phylogenetic incongruence in the angiosperm clade Rosidae. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 83: 156-166.
  16. Wang B, Zhang Y, Wei P, Sun M, Ma X, Zhu X. (2015). Identification of nuclear low-copy genes and their phylogenetic utility in rosids. Genome 57(10): 150203143525007.
  17. Lu LM, Sun M, Zhang JB, Li HL, Lin L, Yang T, Chen M, Chen ZD. (2014). Tree of life and its applications. Biodiversity Science 22: 3-20.
  18. Sun M, Lin Q. (2010). A revision of Elaeagnus L. (Elaeagnaceae) in mainland China. Journal of Systematics and Evolution 48(5): 356-390.
  19. Sun M, Lin Q, Sun Q, Bei SQ, Li HL, Yang ZR. (2008). Validation of eight names of Chinese taxa in Ranunculaceae, Rosaceae and Scrophulariaceae. Kew Bulletin 64: 573-575.
  20. Sun M, Lin Q. (2008). Lectotypification of five scientific names in Rosaceae. Guihaia 28: 295-297. (In Chinese)
  21. Lin Q, Bei SQ, Li HL, Cao ZY, Sun Q, Sun M, Yang ZR. (2008). Lectotypification of twenty names of Chinese taxa in Angiospermae. Bulletin of Botanical Research 5: 534-539.
  22. Lin Q, Sun Q, Sun M, Bei SQ, Li HL. (2007). Lectotypification of twenty-eight names of Chinese taxa in Angiospermae. Acta Botanica Boreali-occidentalia Sinica, 27: 1247-1255.

Book chapters:

  1. Sun M et al. (2018). Malvaceae, Malpighiaceae, Celastraceae. In: Li DZ, Chen ZD, Wnag H, Lu AM eds. Flora of Genera and Families of China Vascular Plants, Science Press, Beijing
  2. Sun M et al. (2018). Malvaceae, Malpighiaceae, Celastraceae. In: Li DZ, Chen ZD, Wnag H, Lu AM eds. Dictionary of Genera and Families of China Vascular Plants, Science Press, Beijing
  3. Sun M, Peng H. (2016). Elaeagnaceae. In: Liu B, Lin QW eds. Higher Plants of China in Color, Volume 5, Angiosperms: Euphorbiaceae — Cornaceae, Science Press, Beijing, China
  4. Sun M et al. (2015). In: Lin Q, Yang ZR eds. Types Specimens in China National Herbarium (PE), Volume 6, Angiospermae, Henan Science and Technology Press, Henan, China
  5. Sun M et al. (2015). In: Lin Q, Yang Y, Yang ZR eds. Types Specimens in China National Herbarium (PE), Volume 7, Angiospermae, Henan Science and Technology Press, Henan, China
  6. Sun M et al. (2015). In: Lin Q, Yang ZR, Lin Y eds. Types Specimens in China National Herbarium (PE), Volume 10, Angiospermae, Henan Science and Technology Press, Henan, China
  7. Sun M. (2014). Exploring deep phylogenetic incongruence of the COM clade in Rosidae: Phylogenomics approach. [PhD dissertation], Institute of Botany, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
  8. Simpson M. (2012). Plant Systematics (2nd Edition) (Chen ZD, Lu AM, Sun M Trans.), Science Press, Beijing, China (Original publisher Academic Press)
  9. Sun M. (2009). Primary Taxonomic Study of Elaeagnus (Elaeagnaceae) in Mainland China. [Master thesis], Institute of Botany, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China

Conference Presentations/Posters:

  1. Sun M. (2018). Building, Using, and Tending the Tree of Life. Chinese Genomics Meet-up. (Presentation)
  2. Sun M, Germain-Aubrey CC, Smith SA, Soltis PS, Chen ZD, Soltis DE. (2018). Exploring the phylogeny and diversification of rosids with a five-locus supermatrix. The 1st AsiaEvo Conference 2018 (Shenzhen, China). Abstract ID: S38. (Poster)
  3. Millar J, Collins M, Picardi S, Riemer K, Stucky B, Sun M, Ye H. (2018). A Carpentries Culture at the University of Florida. CarpentryCon 2018 (Dublin, Ireland), Abstract ID: 13. (Poster)
  4. Sun M, Whitten WM, Gitzendanner MA, Soltis DE, Soltis PS. (2017). Exploring the Applicability of Fluidigm Amplification and NGS Sequencing Using Samples From Multiple Families. The XIX International Botanical Congress 2017 (Shenzhen, China), Abstract ID: T2-12-19. (Poster)
  5. Sun M, Germain-Aubrey CC, Smith SA, Soltis PS, Chen ZD, Soltis DE. (2017). Exploring the phylogeny and diversification of rosids through a five-gene supermatrix approach. The XIX International Botanical Congress 2017 (Shenzhen, China), Abstract ID: T2-44-15. (Poster)
  6. Zhang T, Lichstein JW, Sun M. (2017). Functional traits and population dynamics of North American tree species in a phylogenetic and biogeographic context. Annual Meeting of Ecological Society of America (ESA), August 10, 2017 (Portland, USA). Abstract ID: COS135-5. (Poster)
  7. Lichstein J, Zhang T, Sun M, Mack M, Graves S, Whitten M, Jantzen J, Park J, Bohlman S, Gitzendanner M, Soltis D, Soltis P. (2017). Ecological traits and recent populationdynamics of eastern Asian-eastern North American disjunct tree species in North America. The XIX International Botanical Congress 2017 (Shenzhen, China), Abstract ID: T2-12-05. (Presentation)
  8. Sun M, Germain-Aubrey CC, Gitzendanner MA, Smith SA, Soltis PS, Chen ZD, Soltis DE. (2016). Wrestling with the Rosids I: progress and challenges for phylogenetics of a large, hyper-diverse angiosperm clade. Botany Conference 2016 (Savannah, Georgia), Abstract ID: 404. (Presentation)

Classes Audited

  • 2018

    • RSSIG - R Social Sciences Interest Group
    • Phylogenetics Systematics ( BOT6935/ZOO6927 )
    • Computational Tools for Research ( ZOO6927/ZOO4926 )
    • the Origin of Species Reading Group ( BOT6935/ZOO6927 )
  • 2017

    • Grant Writing Seminar ( ZOO6927/BOT6935 )
    • Principles of Systematic Biology ( BOT6726/ZOO6927 )
    • Niche Modelling ( ZOO6927 )
  • 2016

    • Data & Analysis in Natural Sciences ( ZOO6927/ZOO4926||GLY6932/GLY4930 )
    • Phylogenomics ( BOT6935/ZOO6927 )
    • Practical Computational Biology ( ZOO4926/ZOO6927 )
  • 2015

    • Taxonomy of Vascular Plants ( BOT5725C )
    • Principles of Systematic Biology ( BOT6726/ZOO6927 )

Fieldwork Experience

  • 2015
    • Worked in Mountain Lake Biological Station (Virginia State) with Jeremy Lichstein (Department of Biology, University of Florida) and other ecologists collecting DNA, metabolites, RNA materials from canopy trees and understory communities, soil samples, and other microbial materials for Dimensions US-China Project ( Collaborative Research: How historical constraints, local adaptation, and species interactions shape biodiversity across an ancient floristic disjunction Dimensions).
    • Participated in Talladega National Forest (Alabama State) with Doug Soltis and Pam Soltis (Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida) and other ecologists for material collection and first hand data generation for Dimensions US-China Project.
    • Worked in Ordway Biological Station (Florida State) with Mark Whitten, Eric Tripplets, and other ecologists for material collection and first hand data generation for Dimensions US-China Project.
  • 2012
    • Trip to southern Yunnan along Myanmar border with Pam S. Soltis and Doug E. Soltis, collecting materials for Tree of life — China Project.
    • Trip to Hainan tropical rain forest with Doug E. Soltis, collecting materials of Tree for life — China Project.
  • 2006 ~ 2011
    • Joined in the expedition team of national herbarium (PE) for collection many times, successively visited a series of biodiversity hotspots, such as Hubei, Chongqing, Guangxi, Sichuan, Xizang, etc.

Academic Activities

  • 2019

  • 2018

    • Co-organizer and co-translator of The Great Tree of Life
    • Co-organizer of Research Bazaar event
    • Instructor and Helper of a serial of “Software and Data Carpentry Workshops” events
    • Instructor for Precollegiate Education and Training event
    • co-translated TreeTender movie into Chinese languague for public education
    • Digital outreach with 4th and 5th graders from Bunker Hill Elementary School in D.C
  • 2017

    • Board member of UF Carpentries Club
    • Organizer of several Tree of Life pop-up tent events (UF campus, FLMNH public museum, local brew-pub)
    • Helper of Research Computing Training at UF Information Technology, Research Computing (University of Florida)
    • Coordinated with the 100-year anniversary exhibit celebration of FLMNH
    • Organizer of One Tree one Planet Encore
    • Judge for Graduate Student Research Day
    • Instructor and Helper in several “Software Carpentry Workshop” events
    • Instructor for the 54th Florida Regional Junior Science, Engineering, and Humanities Symposium
  • 2016

    • Volunteer Tree of Life Pop-Up Science! Florida Museum of Natural History
    • Member of Botanical Society of America
    • Oral Talk “Wrestling with the Rosids I: progress and challenges for phylogenetics of a large, hyper-diverse angiosperm clade.” in the annual Botany Conference (Savannah, Georgia)
    • Table volunteer for iDigBio at BSA meeting
    • Organizing volunteer, iDigBio workshop: Using Digitized Herbarium Data in Research: A Crash Course
  • 2015 ~ 2010

    • Training college students for taxonomic skills
    • Speaker of the conference about dioecious plants in Angiosperm in Peking University
    • Participate in the evaluation of “Red List of China Higher Plants” as a taxonomy expert
    • Contributed to develop a “Molecular Data and Application Environment” website and a winner for the best of website name and domain name, “Darwin Tree” and “http://www.darwintree.cn/”, respectively

Service

  • Peer reviews for: South African Journal of Botany, Evolutionary Bioinformatics, Journal of Systematics and Evolution, International Journal of Tropical Biology and Conservation, Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, Taxon, Scientific Reports, and Phytotaxa.
  • Certified Instructor of Software Carpentry (The Carpentries; taught classes of >400 students)
  • Board member of UF Carpentries Club (a workshop series to teach informatics skills)
  • Judge for Graduate Student Research Day at University of Florida
  • Judge Graduate Student Research Grant proposals for American Society of Plant Taxonomists
  • Educator Summer Science Institute Tree of Life for high school teacher
  • Volunteer Tree of Life Pop-Up Science
  • Member of Botanical Society of America
  • Table volunteer for iDigBio events
  • Taxonomic instructor for training college students
  • Board member of “Red List of China Higher Plants” evaluation committee

References contact information

Matthew A. Gitzendanner (Bioinformatics Mentor)
Scientist, Department of Biology
Collection Manager, Florida Museum of Natural History
Training Coordinator and Bioinformatics Specialist, UF Research Computing
Email: magitz@ufl.edu
Tel.: +1 (352) 273-1960
FAX: +1 (352) 846-2154

Douglas E. Soltis (Postdoc advisor)
Department of Biology
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611, USA
Email: dsoltis@ufl.edu
Phone: +1 (352) 273-1963

Pamela S. Soltis (Postdoc advisor)
Florida Museum of Natural History
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611, USA
Email: psoltis@flmnh.ufl.edu
Phone: +1 (352) 273-1964

Zhiduan Chen (Ph.D. Supervisor)
State Key Laboratory of Systematic and Evolutionary Botany,
Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences
20 Nanxincun, Xiangshan, Beijing 100093, P. R. CHINA
Email: zhiduan@ibcas.ac.cn
Tel.: +86 10-62836090
FAX: +86 10-62590843

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