When mycologists describe new species, not all relevant information is provided (clearly enough)

Är taxonomin verkligen det moderna, reproducerbara och inkluderande vetenskapsfält som det strävar efter att vara? Denna granskning av artbeskrivningar av svampar finner många förändringar till det bättre över tiden, men den gör samtidigt en del svårsmälta observationer som manar till eftertanke kring hur vi tar fram och kommunicerar taxonomiska resultat. 

When mycologists describe new species, not all relevant information is provided (clearly enough)
MycoKeys 72: 109-128

Postdoc on grass phylogenomics in Stockholm

Do you want to contribute to new understanding of the ecological and evolutionary success of grasses? Come help us build a new phylogeny of the ‘cool season grasses’ (Pooideae)!

A postdoctoral stipend is available for 1 year to work on grass plastome phylogenomics, with a focus on subfamily Pooideae, the cool season grasses. The post is based at Stockholm University and we welcome applicants of all nationalities. More information can be found in the PDF file available here: https://tinyurl.com/y2cwhlee

Systematikdagarna 2020 inställda

Hej alla medlemmar i Svenska systematikföreningen.

Styrelsen har beslutat att systematikdagarna i höst tyvärr måste ställas in p.g.a. pandemin. Vi planerar att hålla mötet i Uppsala hösten 2021.

Årsmötet kommer att hållas via zoom i november. Jag återkommer med information om detta senare under hösten.

Ha en fin höst och undvik att smittas och att smitta andra.


Per Alström


Three Associate Professors in Oslo

The Natural History Museum, University of Oslo, is recruiting three Associate Professors:

Associate Professor in Systematic Mycology

Associate Professor in Vertebrate Zoology

Associate Professor in environmental DNA

Please share these positions widely. Application deadline is April 15th

Baltic macrophytes – systematics, sampling, species identification. STI and ForBio course – First announcement

Time and place: 2020 September 6-12, Askö laboratory – Stockholm University Baltic Sea Centre, Sweden


Course aims: The course will present and provide an overview of the macrophytes in the Baltic sea. We will cover the systematics, taxonomy and identification of different macrophyte groups, such as macroalgae, phanerogams and also couple of bryophytes. Sessions will include lectures, fieldwork and laboratory exercises. The students will learn various techniques for identification and sampling.

The target group is PhD students, master students, researchers, consultants, government officials/museum staff – with relevant background in biology.

Learning targets:

  • General understanding of systematics and taxonomy of macrophytes
  • Techniques for collecting macrophytes
  • Techniques for species identification

Maximum number of participants: 20, in case of more applicants, participants will be selected based on the scientific, educational and/or professional merit of the course, with priority given ForBio members and students/researchers enrolled in the Swedish Taxonomy Initiative (STI).

Target group: PhD students, master students, postdocs, researchers, consultants, government officials, museum staff with relevant background in biology.

Working language: English/Scandinavian

Assignment and credits: The course is equivalent to 2 ECTS.

Registration: Registration will open soon.

Contact: STI representative Maria Backlund (maria.backlund@slu.se) or ForBio coordinator Hugo de Boer (h.de.boer@nhm.uio.no)

Madrid Workshop on Statistical Phylogenetics

We are organizing the 3rd Edition of MADPHYLO: Madrid Workshop on Statistical Phylogenetics, at the Real Jardín Botánico (CSIC) in Madrid (Spain)from 10th to 20th March 2020.
The aim of the workshop is to learn the latest technical and theoretical advances on Bayesian macroevolutionary modeling and phylogenetics, and get full training in the open software RevBayes, an R-like interactive environment based on graphical model concepts for the modeling of complex evolutionary hypotheses. The instructors are the developers of the software (John Huelsenbeck, Brian Moore, Sebastian Höehna, Michael May…), so lessons and hands-on sessions will be tightly linked. 
Last year edition was a success and this year it will run hand in hand with the RevBayes “hackaton”in Madrid, a biannual event funded by NSF which gathers programmers and developers to add new functions to the software. This will provide ample opportunities for applicants to interact with the programmers and set up ideas for new models. 
There are still vacant sites available! Deadline for registration is 15th February. Registration fee is 400 €, this includes coffee breaks and light lunch with catering, but not accommodation. Once accepted, payment should be done before 6th March 2020.
More information and registration on the website www.madphylo.com 
Thank you for your help in spreading this!
Best wishes,
Isabel Sanmartin
Dr. Isabel Sanmartin, PhD 
Department of Plant Biodiversity and Conservation
Vicedirector of Communication and Educational Outreach
Real Jardin Botanico, CSIC
Plaza de Murillo 2
28014 Madrid, SPAIN
0034-(91)-4203017 (Ext. 116)
Google Scholar webpage 
Personal webpage

Scientific Advisor Spanish State Research Agency

If you work in an EU country or a country associated with the EU Framework Programmes and want to do research in a major European Taxonomic Facility, visit http://www.synthesys.info