- Joan and I are currently (26 February 2021) sheltering at home since 2 March, working remotely,
reachable by email. All well so far.
- I was recently awarded a 2020 Friend of Darwin Award by the National Center for Science Education. Youtube
video of the online award ceremony here.
- The Felsenstein / Kuhner lab was closed at the end of 2017. I now have a retirement office
(S432) and Mary Kuhner, Jon Yamato, and Lucian Smith were given an office (S332) of
their own. In 2020 Mary and Jon became associated with Sam Wasser's lab in the Biology Department, and their office in Foege was closed. I also have a desk in room 472 of the Biology Department's new Life Sciences Building, in an area with multiple student desks and desks for retired faculty
members. The rooms of the old Felsenstein / Kuhner lab, S420, are now the lab of our new population genetics hire Kelley Harris.
- I retired on October 1, 2017 and now have more time to do research on things of interest to me, and to catch up with work on PHYLIP.
- In the issue of Nature published on
29 October 2014, they
published a list of
the top 100
most-cited scientific papers of all
time. My 1985 bootstrap paper was #41. Overall 5 of the 100
were in phylogenetics (Saitou and Nei's 1987 paper on the
Neighbor-Joining method was #20). There were also a number
of bioinformatics papers, with papers on ClustalW and BLAST
being #10 and #12, respectively.
|| ||Bruce Walsh, of the University of Arizona, has named a species
of small noctuid
moth found in Arizona's Santa Catalina Mountains after me. It probably eats
cottonwood leaves. For the paper describing it, see here.
| Books, etc.: ||
| Scientific papers:||
- Links to published papers (some viewable freely) will be found in the
publications list in my C.V.
- For papers since 1990, versions will be found here,
many of them being preprint versions. A PDF of a scan of
my 1968 Ph.D. thesis will also be found there (in folder "thesis").
(in each case the most recent course web page is linked
to). Many have audio recordings of lectures and viewable PDFs of slides.
I retired at the end of September, 2017. After that I will only
teach some summer courses.
Summer courses I teach in, or have taught in. (Lecture projections and audio
recordings are available for some of these):
- Courses I have taught at the University of Washington
I teach in:
I have taught in:
Quantitative Genetics Workshop. I co-founded and have co-led this with
Steve Arnold of Oregon State University since 2011. Since 2017 it has been
given at the Friday Harbor Laboratories of the UW on beautiful San Juan Island.
For people who want to know more, here are the blog pages for the workshop.
The links in the 2019 schedule there lead to pages for the lectures that have
lecture projections and audio recordings of the lectures.
The workshop was given in 2019 from 10-14 June. The 2020
workshop has been cancelled; we hope to have it in an online version in 2021.
- Summer Institute in Statistical Genetics (in Seattle), module on Molecular
Phylogeny, taught jointly with Mark Holder and Jeffrey Thorne. (Jeff, Mark,
and I taught this most recently in 2016.)
- Workshop on Molecular Evolution, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods
Hole, Massachusetts. I taught in this workshop from 1988 to 2015 with the
exception of 1996, 1998, 2008, and 2010, so a total of 24 times. I think I know
everything there is to know about ways of getting from Logan Airport to Woods
A page containing links to videos of some lectures I
have given. In some cases PDFs are also available for the slides, which will
be clearer than what you can see of them in the video.
Here are some postings by me on blogs regarding arguments by advocates of
Intelligent Design or creationism:|
on the Panda's Thumb blog
on the Skeptical Zone blog
A summary with links of some of the
population-genetic arguments made by creationists and ID advocates.
NOTICE: The Panda's Thumb blog was down from the 16th of June to the
11th of August, 2020, owing to
a hardware failure in its server machine, with repair slowed by social distancing
issues. It is now available again.
The Amphioxus Song web page.|
A video of me singing the Amphioxus Song (a
Quicktime movie) shot by Anna Malaspinas at the 2010 annual retreat of the
Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Program of the University of
California, Berkeley, which was held at the Marconi Center, Marshall,
at the Workshop on Molecular Evolution at the Marine Biological Laboratory in
Woods Hole, Massachusetts in 2011, thanks to Casey Dunn.
The 2013 performance
which had more wind noise, me temporarily skipping a verse, but at least no
The 2015 performance
which had no wind noise but I still had to be reminded of verses.
A 2018 performance at a Darwin
birthday celebration in the Department of Genome Sciences. Charles
Laird and Kelley Harris are seated next to me.
stuff that should be better known.
and diatribes that Joe often comes up with. They are gradually being
| Old:||Older stuff that is less important is linked on this web page.