News from DEST

Info from Hendrik Gheerardyn:

Dear all,

The Distributed European School of Taxonomy (DEST), an initiative under the CETAF umbrella and managed by RBINS, has launched its NEW website and training programme for 2014-2015!

Check out the Modern Taxonomy programme offering intensive theoretical courses in various subjects. Also, have a look at the Expert-in-training programme enabling trainees to develop and strengthen their taxonomic research skills through on-the-job-training.

Thank you for spreading the word!
With best regards,

DEST Training
Coordination – Dr Isabella Van de Velde
Secretariat – Dr Hendrik Gheerardyn

Don’t forget to register for Systematikdagarna!


Don’t forget to register for Systematikdagarna 2014!

Please find more information and the registration form at:

Last day for early bird registration and oral presentations is this Friday, October 31. The registration will be open until November 15, but after October 31, 200 SEK will be added to the registration fee.

Hope to see you all in Göteborg!

Kallelse till Svenska systematikföreningens årsmöte 24/11

Kallelse till årsmöte 2014 för Svenska systematikföreningen

Datum: 2014-11-24
Tid: 16.45
Plats: Plenisalen, Wallenberg Center, Göteborg.


§ 1 Mötet öppnas.

§ 2. Val av mötesordförande, sekreterare och justerare

§ 3. Fråga om mötet blivit i behörig ordning utlyst

§ 4 Styrelsens årsberättelse inklusive ekonomisk berättelse

§ 5. Revisionsberättelse

§ 6. Fråga om ansvarsfrihet för styrelsen för föregående års förvaltning § 7. Val av ordförande för föreningen

§ 8. Val av övriga styrelseledamöter

§ 9. Val av revisorer

§ 10. Val av valberedning

§ 11. Fastställande av eventuell årsavgift

§12. Information om konferensen EU-BIOSYS 2017 i Göteborg

§ 13. Övriga frågor

§ 14 Mötet avslutas

Vi ses!
Styrelsen Svenska Systematikföreningen

Postdoctoral position in systematics and evolution

Tips från Johannes Bergsten:

A two-year postdoctoral position in Systematics and Evolution is available in the Department of Zoology, Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm.

 Project description

“Species-level phylogeny and delimitation in a biodiversity hotspot”

Madagascar is well known for its high level of endemism, basically across every organism group. The combination with severe habitat degradation has “rewarded” the island with a top placement among biodiversity hotspots. The increased evolutionary research interest last twenty years has focused on vertebrates and surprisingly little is yet known about the colonization and speciation history of most insect groups. Using Hydradephagan water beetles as model organisms this project will use dated phylogenetic frameworks to analyze colonization and speciation patterns across replicated endemic radiations and clades with representatives but seemingly without radiations. Intraspecific genetic variation will be sampled to estimate parameters in the multispecies coalescent model as a window into the speciation process. The project also includes evaluation of species delimitation methods on endemic radiations with non-reciprocally monophyletic species in gene-trees.


The position is part of a research project and group (Bergsten Systematic Entomology Lab: at the Swedish Museum of Natural History on the taxonomy, faunistics, phylogeny, colonization, speciation and evolutionary history of Hydradephagan water beetles on Madagascar. The work includes DNA labwork, fieldwork, data analyses, help with supervision of student projects, article- and grant writing. The DNA labwork will be conducted at the Molecular Systematics Laboratory at the Swedish Museum of Natural History.


To be qualified for the postdoctoral position the applicant needs to have a PhD degree (or have a PhD thesis ready with a date fixed within 2014 for thesis defense) in Systematics/Phylogenetics/Evolutionary Biology or similar direction of studies. The PhD degree should have been received no more than six years before the deadline for applications.

Criteria for selection

Among qualified applicants selection is made according to scientific merits, quality of the PhD thesis, personal skills, the applicant´s documented knowledge in subjects of relevance for the research area, ability to master English language (both spoken and written), analytical ability, creativity, initiative, independence, teamwork and ability to cooperate. Previous experience with molecular (DNA) lab work and knowledge of relevant theory and methods (phylogenetic, dating, species delimitation, biogeographic and diversification rate analyses) weigh heavily. Experience with entomological fieldwork, taxonomic work and French language (spoken in Madagascar) are consider as additional qualifications.

Terms of employment

The position is for two years full time. Start of position should be in 2014 but exact date up to negotiation with the successful candidate. The position is financed by a grant from the Swedish Research Council, VR.

For more information, please contact Johannes Bergsten ( Union representative is Bodil Kajrup, SACO-S. Both can be reached at telephone number + 46 8 519 540 00.

To be included in the application

Maximum one A4-page of personal presentation and your reasons for applying (letter of intent). Curriculum vitae with publication list. Copy of three selected publications. Copy of PhD thesis and PhD degree certificate or date of scheduled defense within 2014. Also provide a list of two persons who may act as references (with telephone numbers and e-mail addresses).

Please send your application, marked with dnr 2.3.1-603-2014, to or to Swedish Museum of Natural History, P. O. Box 50007, SE-104 05 Stockholm, Sweden,no later than September 9, 2014.

Learning systematics: new review article

Henrik Nilsson vid Göteborgs universitet tipsar om en ny reviewartikel!

Learning systematics: new review article
Systematics is a large, dynamic research discipline with a substantial methodological component. Learning the field is certainly not done in a flash. A group of international researchers – several of whom Swedish – have just published an open access introductory article aiming at lowering the learning threshold for Ph.D. students and others seeking to expand their knowledge in systematics. The article was written to cover all aspects of a molecular systematics study, from taxon sampling to the publication process. Particular care was taken to include recent trends in the field as well as aspects not regularly treated in other outlets. Although focusing on fungi, much of the paper is fairly general in nature.

Hyde et al. 2013. Incorporating molecular data in fungal systematics: a guide for aspiring researchers. Current Research in Environmental and Applined Mycology 3: 1.32.


The last twenty years have witnessed molecular data emerge as a primary research instrument in most branches of mycology. Fungal systematics, taxonomy, and ecology have all seen tremendous progress and have undergone rapid, far-reaching changes as disciplines in the wake of continual improvement in DNA sequencing technology. A taxonomic study that draws from molecular data involves a long series of steps, ranging from taxon sampling through the various laboratory procedures and data analysis to the publication process. All steps are important and influence the results and the way they are perceived by the scientific community. The present paper provides a reflective overview of all major steps in such a project with the purpose to assist research students about to begin their first study using DNA-based methods. We also take the opportunity to discuss the role of taxonomy in biology and the life sciences in general in the light of molecular data. While the best way to learn molecular methods is to work side by side with someone experienced, we hope that the present paper will serve to lower the learning threshold for the reader.

One of the co-authors of the study, Henrik Nilsson of the University of Gothenburg, with some recent mycological treasures.



PhD Studentship: The evolution of land plants and the assembly of the plant bodyplan

Please draw this exciting PhD opportunity to the attention of suitable applicants. Deadline for applications: May 3rd.

Project: The evolution of land plants and the assembly of the plant bodyplan

Project Details:

Apply Here:

Dr Paul Kenrick
Head of Invertebrates & Plants Division
Department of Earth Sciences | The Natural History Museum | Cromwell Road |