-Heading to the 4th International Gar Conference Today!–

Departing later today for the 4th International Meeting on Lepisosteid Research which will be held in Villahermosa, Tabasco state, Mexico.  Looking forward to catching up with colleagues I haven’t seen since the last gar meetings (which were in Thibodaux, Louisiana, in 2010; Heredia, Costa Rica, in 2008) and finding out about new research!  I’ll also be presenting a summary of the results of my dissertation work, including countergradient variation and genetic diversity among spotted gar populations.  I’ll be sure and update with photos as much as I can over the course of the week!–

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-First Complete Molecular Phylogeny of Gars Published!–

We recently published the first complete molecular phylogeny of living gars (Lepisosteidae; June 2012 issue of Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution). Abstract and table/figure summaries are available HERE. Researchers and others interested in the full article please contact me at solomon.r.david@gmail.com. Many thanks to all involved with completing this analysis!