Building, Exploring, and Using the Tree of Life
All microbes, fungi, plants, and animals are connected through an immense network of relationships that Darwin referred to as the Tree of Life. Until recently, the genealogical interconnections of Earth's 2.3 million named species defied visualization.
For decades, scientists Douglas E. and Pamela S. Soltis have been collaborating with scientists worldwide to build the Tree of Life. This project has harnessed algorithm development, computer power, and DNA sequencing to create a comprehensive visual Tree of Life.
At this talk they shared challenges and breakthroughs of this undertaking and how the Tree of Life can be used to illustrate, instruct, and inspire the public about biodiversity.