Summary of Whiting et al. NSF award #0120718 "BIOCOMPLEXITY: Hexapod Phylogenomics - Bringing Phylogenetic Supercomputing to the Masses"

PI: Michael Whiting; Co-PI's: Keith Crandall, Quinn Snell, Mark Clement (Computer Science), and David Whiting (Statistics).

$1,340,000 over 5 years, beginning January 1, 2002

Research on the phylogeny and evolution of the hexapod arthropods (insects and their allies) will be accomplished by developing novel genetic markers for phylogenetic inference, sequencing these markers across 2500 spp. representing hexapod diversity, sequencing the entire statistical resources to effectively analyze this vast amount of data. This project has an international component with collaborators at the University of Queensland (mitochondrial genome evolution) and at the British Museum of Natural History, Imperial College (development of novel genetic loci for phylogenetic inference). This funding is to support 5 postdoctoral positions (4 postdocs over 2 years, 1 post doc over 3 years), 6 years of graduate support, and 5 years of undergraduate support. It also includes travel, supplies, and partial support (180K, ~50%) for a high-throughput DNA sequencer required to meet the sequencing needs of this proposal (~700,000 sequences over 5 years).

The grant proposal was submitted to a new NSF initiative: Genetics in the Environment: Biocomplexity. This competition funded in two discrete arenas: Tree of Life and Environment Biocomplexity. These proposals consisted of large scale collaborations among PI's from many universities, both nationally and internationally. Of the 52 proposals, 8 awards were made (~15% funding rate), 4 were given Tree of Life and 4 to Environment Biocomplexity for a total of $10.5 million. We received one of the four made to Tree of Life.

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