Our paper about using phylogenetic trees and the comparative method to model the evolution of cell-size in marine and freshwater diatoms is now published at the Limnology and Oceanography website. Its been a while since I started this project and I am really glad that it is finaly out. Many thanks to Ed Theriot and Andy Alverson for their help and patience throughout this project.
We just got word that our paper on the phylogeny of incredibly morphologically diverse (multi-) polar diatoms is available in the accepted articles section of Journal of Phycology. It looks like the paper is going to be included in the December issue of the journal. Meanwhile, a provisional abstract and the article can be found here. Matt Ashworth (my labmate and first author on the paper) joking calls this project the Holes n’Poles paper because most of the discussion around the taxonomy and classification of this group relies on pore and ocellus structure (the holes n’poles of a diatom cell wall).
Thanks to Matt for all his hard work in getting this done. My contribution was mainly on the analysis side of things. I learned a lot through the process.