Joe Felsenstein

For my contact information and email address, see my CV.

  • The Felsenstein / Kuhner lab was closed at the end of 2017. I now have a retirement office (S432) and Mary Kuhner, Jon Yamato, and Lucian Smith have an office (S332) of their own. The rooms of the old Felsenstein / Kuhner lab, S420, are now the lab of our new population genetics hire Kelley Harris.

  • I recently retired (on October 1, 2017) and now will have more time to do research on things of interest to me, and to catch up with work on PHYLIP.

  • In the issue of Nature published on 29 October 2014, they published a list of the top 100 most-cited scientific papers of all time. My 1985 bootstrap paper was #41. Overall 5 of the 100 were in phylogenetics (Saitou and Nei's 1987 paper on the Neighbor-Joining method was #20). There were also a number of bioinformatics papers, with papers on ClustalW and BLAST being #10 and #12, respectively.


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      Bruce Walsh, of the University of Arizona, has named a species of small noctuid moth found in Arizona's Santa Catalina Mountains after me. It probably eats cottonwood leaves. For the paper describing it, see here.
   Books, etc.:
  Scientific papers:
  • Links to published papers (some viewable freely) will be found in the publications list in my C.V.
  • For papers since 1990, versions will be found here, many of them being preprint versions.
  • Courses I have taught at the University of Washington (in each case the most recent course web page is linked to). Many have audio recordings of lectures and viewable PDFs of slides. I retired at the end of September, 2017. After that I will only teach some summer courses.
  • Summer courses I teach in, or have taught in. (Lecture projections and audio recordings are available for some of these):
    I teach in:
    • Evolutionary Quantitative Genetics Workshop. I co-founded and have co-led this with Steve Arnold of Oregon State University since 2011. Since 2017 it has been given at the Friday Harbor Laboratories of the UW on beautiful San Juan Island. For people who want to know more, here are the blog pages for the workshop. The links in the 2018 schedule there lead to pages for the lectures that have lecture projections and audio recordings of the lectures. The workshop will be given this year (2019) from 10-14 June.
    I have taught in:
    • Summer Institute in Statistical Genetics (in Seattle), module on Molecular Phylogeny, taught jointly with Mark Holder and Jeffrey Thorne. (Jeff, Mark, and I taught this most recently in 2016. We may teach it again in 2020.)
    • Workshop on Molecular Evolution, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, Massachusetts. I taught in this workshop from 1988 to 2015 with the exception of 1996, 1998, 2008, and 2010, so a total of 24 times. I think I know everything there is to know about ways of getting from Logan Airport to Woods Hole.
  Videos: A page containing links to videos of some lectures I have given. In some cases PDFs are also available for the slides, which will be clearer than what you can see of them in the video.
  Disputation: Here are some postings by me on blogs regarding arguments by advocates of Intelligent Design or creationism:
          on the Panda's Thumb blog
          on the Skeptical Zone blog
          A summary with links of some of the population-genetic arguments made by creationists and ID advocates.
  Silliness: The Amphioxus Song web page.
A video of me singing the Amphioxus Song (a Quicktime movie) shot by Anna Malaspinas at the 2010 annual retreat of the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Program of the University of California, Berkeley, which was held at the Marconi Center, Marshall, California.
Another performance at the Workshop on Molecular Evolution at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts in 2011, thanks to Casey Dunn.
The 2013 performance which had more wind noise, me temporarily skipping a verse, but at least no mosquitos.
The 2015 performance which had no wind noise but I still had to be reminded of verses.
A 2018 performance at a Darwin birthday celebration in the Department of Genome Sciences. Charles Laird and Kelley Harris are seated next to me.
  Cool: Some cool stuff that should be better known.
  Rants: Some rants and diatribes that Joe often comes up with. They are gradually being accumulated here.
  Old:Older stuff that is less important is linked on this web page.

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