Open Tree showing distribution of DNA data in rosids

Tree of Life

Open Tree showing distribution of DNA data in rosids

Tree of Life

“Dealing with conservation is about dealing with people, not about dealing with animails (and plants)” — Sarah Hauck

Tree of Life — A map of the relationships between all life on earth — A metaphor for the importance and connectivity of all species — Aiming to increase public understanding of conservation and biodiversity. The knowledge of Tree of Life has many practical applications which will benifit ourselves.

Under this big project, I have mainly involved fowllowing two subset projects as primary researcher:
1) Rosid Phylogeny and Diversification We recently used 5-locus, 19,740-taxon supermatrix to investigate the sampling bias of rosid in GenBank, and how sampling differences may influence the phylogeny and downstream diversification analyses (See rosids Project);

2) The Tree of Life: China project ( Chen et al., 2016) We build a tree of life for the plants of China (~30,000 flowering plant species), uncovering a distinct regional pattern in biodiversity. Eastern China is a floral “museum” with a rich array of ancient lineages and distant relatives while the western provinces are an evolutionary “cradle” for newer and more closely related species. More detail see Lu et al. (2018).

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Miao Sun
Postdoc Fellow

Posts

Explained the importance of understanding the underlying conflict among gene trees. List all the steps required to reach the final …

Research talk to introduce my 5-year post-doc research to students, and researchers at Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences

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

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 …

Publications

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

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

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

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

We reconstructed a phylogenetic tree of Chinese vascular plants (Tracheophyta) using sequences of the chloroplast genes atpB, matK, …

Analysis of large data sets can help resolve difficult nodes in the tree of life and also reveal complex evolutionary histories. The …

Analysis of large data sets can help resolve difficult nodes in the tree of life and also concomitantly reveal complex evolutionary …

By far, the interordinal relationships in rosids remain poorly resolved. Previous studies based on chloroplast, mitochondrial, and …

The term “Tree of Life” was first used by Charles Darwin in 1859 as a metaphor for describing phylogenetic relationships among …