Roberta J. Mason-Gamer
Molecular Systematics of Plants

Department of Biological Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago


Plants - Phylogeny and Grasses
Societies and Meetings
UIC Resources

General Useful Information
Evolutionary Biology Resources
---Evolution Research News - "The Academic Guide to Evolution News and Research." An extensive list of links compiled by Stanley C. Spencer
---National Center for Science Education - "Defending the Teaching of Evolution in the Public Schools"
---Tree of Life Web Project - "A collaborative Internet project containing information about phylogeny and biodiversity"
---Understanding Evolution - General information about evolution from the University of California Museum of Paleontology.  Includes resources for teachers.

Evolution-Related Blogs

---Why Evolution is True - Jerry A. Coyne, author of the popular science book Why Evolution is True, has written over 110 refereed scientific papers and 80 other articles, book reviews, and columns, as well as a scholarly book about his field (Speciation, co-authored with H. Allen Orr). He is a frequent contributor to The New Republic, The Times Literary Supplement, and other popular periodicals.
---The Loom - Carl Zimmer is an award-winning science writer whose work appears frequently in the New York Times, National Geographic, and other publications. He is the author of 13 books, including Parasite Rex and The Tangled Bank: An Introduction to Evolution.
---The Panda's Thumb  - "the virtual pub of the University of Ediacara. The patrons gather to discuss evolutionary theory, critique the claims of the antievolution movement, defend the integrity of both science and science education, and share good conversation."
---Pharyngula - The blog Pharyngula is P.Z. Myers's outlet for venting his fury at faith, stupidity, and injustice, an occupation which somehow led to him being named
American Humanist of the Year in 2009, and International Humanist of 2011 by the IHEU.

Botanical Resources
---Internet Directory for Botany
---Index Herbariorum
---Plant names, botanical etymology:
    ---Dictionary of Botanical Epithets
    ---Glossary of Roots of Botanical Names
---USDA's Plants National Database
---USDA Accession Information
---Seed Requests from USDA-ARS-GRIN

Plant Phylogeny and Diversity
---Angiosperm Phylogeny Site of Peter Stevens
---Digital Flowers at University of Illinois at Urbana
---Flowering Plant Gateway at Texas A&M

---Triticeae pages of Mary Barkworth
---Graingenes - a database for Triticeae and Avena
---Smithsonian Grass Research
---Grass Genera of the World - morphological, anatomical, and physiological descriptions of over 800 grass genera.  L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz
---Wheat Taxonomy from the Wheat Genetics Resource Center at Kansas State University
---TREP - the Triticeae Repeat Sequence Database
---eWIS - from the Wheat Information Service. An electronic newsletter for those with interests in wheat and its relatives

Lab Links
My Lab Page has links to information about lab protocols, databases, data analysis, and Apple.

American Society of Plant Taxonomists
Botanical Society of America
Genetics Society of America
Willi Hennig Society
Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution
Society for the Study of Evolution
Society for Systematic Biologists

Meetings 2014
Evolution 2014 is the joint annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE), the Society of Systematic Biologists (SSB), and the American Society of Naturalists (ASN). This year, the meeting will be held on June 20-24, 2014, at the Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, NC.

Botany 2014 "New Frontiers in Botany" will be held in Boise, ID at the Boise Centre. Participating societies include: the American Bryological and Lichenological Society, American Fern Society, American Society of Plant Taxonomists, the International Association for Plant Taxonomy, the Society of Herbarium Curators, and the Botanical Society of America. July 26–30, 2014.

Resources for UIC Users
UIC Library
Journals online through the UIC library
ArticleFirst - part of OCLC's FirstSearch
Oxford English Dictionary Online
Encyclopedia Brittanica Online - (Includes Merriam-Webster Search)
The Elements of Style - William Strunk, Jr. 
Kent Holsinger - University of Connecticut
Bob Jansen - University of Texas, Austin
Toby Kellogg - Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
Sarah Mathews - Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
Cliff Weil - Purdue University
Mark Fishbein - Oklahoma State University
Jun Wen - The Smithsonian Institution
Richard Ree - The Field Museum of Natural History
Andrew Hipp - Morton Arboretum

Miscellaneous list of associates doing interesting research

David Baum - University of Wisconsin
Steve Brunsfeld - 1953–2006
John Freudenstein - The Ohio State University
David Hibbett - Clark University

Boris Igic - University of Illinois Chicago
Thorsten Lumbsch - Field Museum of Natural History
Massimo Pigliucci - City University of New York
Jack Sullivan - University of Idaho
Pati Vitt - Chicago Botanic Garden
Marta Martinez Wells - University of Connecticut
Barbara Whitlock - The University of Miami
Jeannette Whitton - University of British Columbia
Holly Wichman - University of Idaho
Sloan Williams - University of Illinois at Chicago

Anne Yoder - Duke University Primate Center

Educational Background
---Western New England College, 1981–1985, Biology Department, B.S. Biology
---Boston College, Biology Department, 1985–1987, M.S. Biology
---University of Connecticut, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 1987–1993, M.S., Ph.D. Genetics
---Harvard University, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and Harvard University Herbaria, 1993–1997, post-doc.

Interesting Places in Chicago
Adler Planetarium
Art Institute of Chicago
Brookfield Zoo
Chicago Botanic Garden
Chicago Historical Society Museum
Field Museum
Garfield Park Conservatory
Lincoln Park Zoo
Morton Arboretum
Navy Pier
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Museum of Science and Industry
Shedd Aquarium

Other Chicago Information
City of Chicago Home Page
Weather Forecast
Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) 
Metra Commuter Trains
Map of Downtown Chicago
Movies now playing

The #1 greatest Sox (neither from Chicago nor white...).

Other Useful Information
Time All Around the World

Zip Codes
Currency Exchange Rates
Official US Time
Conversion Calculator
Calorie and Nutrition Information
Clipart ETC, a useful image resource

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