Introduction to PhyloWiki


This wiki has been developed for use in IB200B: Principles of Phylogenetics, a course offered by the University of California, Berkeley's Department of Integrative Biology. It is also used for tutorials on other phylogenetics topics, such as the use of Nicholas J. Matzke's R packages BioGeoBEARS and the accessory packages rexpokit and cladoRcpp.


Initially the site will be used to post tutorials on how to use R, and how to run various common phylogenetics programs.

However, the wiki may also be used for purposes like:

  • instructions and notes on installing phylogenetics software
  • posting solutions (code) for various tasks in e.g. R, Python, etc.
  • other collaborative projects involving research or education in evolutionary biology

My hope is that the site will become a general resource for the community of researchers and students in phylogenetics and evolution.

Basic rules to help this happen:

  • Users must register with wikidot to add or edit pages, so that we know who is doing what. Registration is open, I will not manually check registrants.
  • I do strongly recommend that users make their username resemble their real name or email. This
      • (a) allows you to get credit for the work you do;
      • (b) allows readers to check the authority of the authors;
      • (c) hopefully, will cut down on the kinds of juvenile activity that tend to arise in anonymous situations, e.g. blog comments
  • This wiki uses a Creative Commons ShareAlike license. This means that contributors are releasing their content for creative re-use, but they also retain copyright to anything they write. Thus, for example, it is appropriate to gradually develop a paper on a topic here, making it available to students and other readers while it is in progress (and perhaps attracting co-authors — main authors should use page permissions, explicit instructions, etc., if they don't want this to happen), and then take their own text and work it up into a final paper for submission to e.g. a journal.
  • Spam, ranting and raving, vandalism, etc., will result in instant banning.

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