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YOUR TURN: Understanding Phylogenetics

These days, when you hear about a species bing “split” or “lumped”, you can probably bet that at the heart of the decision was a scientific paper about genetics that included phylogenetic trees. And unless you have a background in biology, you may be confused about what you’re seeing. That’s why we asked ornithologist Nick Block to talk about them in the October 2015 issue of Birder’s Guide to Listing & Taxonomy.

Nick did a great job of explaining, in simple terms, how the trees are constructed and how we should interpret them. (Click here to read his article.) If after reading Nick’s explanation, you have a question for him, please leave it the comment section below. He’ll be happy to answer.

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Michael Retter
Michael L. P. Retter is the editor of the ABA's newest magazine, Birder's Guide. He also wears his ABA cap while working as a Technical Reviewer for Birding magazine. When not at home, Michael is often leading tours in Middle America (Mexico through Panama). He currently lives with his fiancé, Matt, in Fort Worth, Texas. In his fleeting free time there, he pursues interests in horticulture (especially orchids), music, cooking, and numismatics. Michael also runs GBNA, the continent's informal club and email list for LGBT birders.
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