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Nov - Wayne Maddison

Speaker: Wayne Maddison

Talk Title: Balancing flexibility and usability in Mesquite, a modular system for phylogenetic analysis.

Event Details


November 17, 2005, 5:00pm.

Affiliation: Professor and Canada Research Chair Departments of Zoology and Botany University of British Columbia



Comparative biologists, whether focussing on genomics, physiology or ecology, now use phylogeny as a central interpretive framework. The open source Mesquite Project ( provides analytical tools for such phylogenetic interpetation. Its modularity gives it flexibility and a great diversity of possible analyses, but at the same time presents to developers challenges in designing a usable interface.

Student speaker: Morgan Langille, Bioinformatics Training Program for Health Research