Aloha from southern Illinois!
Welcome to the Anderson Lab web page. We have a wide array of research interests that can really only be encompassed under the umbrella terms "invertebrate biology" and "evolutionary biology". Members of the lab have conducted research on 1) cephalopod phylogeny, population genetics and phylogeography, 2) land snail phylogeny, population genetics, phylogeography and ecology, 3) cave amphipod population genetics, 4) metazoan phylogeny and 5) phylogenetic taxonomy. We have received funding from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the USDA Forest Service, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the Conchologists of America to support our research.
Follow the links to find out more about our research interests, lab publications, Dr. Anderson's courses, and any other miscellaneous stuff that we think is worthy of your attention. Thanks for dropping by!
The latest headlines...
August 20, 2012: Welcome to Bronwyn Williams, the new postdoctoral researcher on the WormNet II project!
April 17, 2012: Congratulations to Alexis Bergman, who won Honorable Mention for her poster on bigfin reef squid and Indian squid phylogeography at the SIUC Undergraduate Research Forum this week (thanks to Alexis and Nick, we are becoming the Honorable Mention Lab). Many thanks to our collaborators K. Sunil Mohamed and Tooraj Valinassab for collecting specimens for us!
September 20, 2011: Frank Anderson has been elected to serve on the Committee on Phylogenetic Nomenclature, part of the International Society for Phylogenetic Nomenclature.
August 17, 2011: Welcome to Kevin Horn, the new doctoral student in the lab working on the WormNet II project!
April 12, 2011: Congratulations to Nicholas Defreitas, who won Honorable Mention for his poster on polygyrid phylogeny at the SIUC Undergraduate Research Forum this week. Many thanks to our collaborators Kathryn Perez, Tim Pearce and Russ Minton for sharing data and DNA, as well as Paul Super (Great Smoky Mountains National Park), Bob Winters and Casey Richart for sending us snails! Big congratulations as well to Alexis Bergman, who won a REACH award to conduct research on bigfin and Indian squid next year.
October 10, 2010: No one outside of SIUC Zoology seemed to notice, but WormNet II was the subject of a university press release.
June 26, 2010: In collaboration with researchers at Auburn, Colgate, Texas A&M at Galveston and the University of Kansas, we have received funding from NSF's Assembling the Tree of Life program to study the evolution of segmented worms (annelids; earthworms, leeches and their marine relatives). The Anderson lab will receive >$480,000 to sequence two mitochondrial genes from representatives of ~1500 annelid species and two nuclear protein-coding genes from representatives of ~300 annelid species.
March 26, 2010: Nick Defreitas, an undergraduate currently working in the lab as a Saluki Scholar, landed a REACH Award to support his work on Mesodon phylogeny through next year. Congratulations!
December 8, 2009: The Charles Darwin bobbleheads are back! Click here to place an order (we accept PayPal, checks, money orders or well-concealed cash).