Joe Felsenstein

For my contact information and email address, see my CV.
  • 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 teach 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 am retiring in September, 2017, so this academic year is the last time I will teach courses.
  • Summer courses I teach in, or have taught in, regularly. (Lecture projections and audio recordings are available for some of these).:
    • Summer Institute in Statistical Genetics (in Seattle), module on Molecular Phylogeny, taught jointly with Mark Holder and Jeffrey Thorne. (Jeff, Mark, and I did not teach this in 2015, did in 2016, and are not teaching it in 2017).
    • 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.
    • Evolutionary Quantitative Genetics Workshop. I have co-founded and co-led this with Steve Arnold of Oregon State University. It was given from 2011-2013 at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center in Durham, North Carolina, and in 2014-2016 at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis in Knoxville, Tennessee (in 2016 I participated by video link only. That included being present in the group photo of the course -- I was there in real time and could see the camera's flash). Here is a link to the schedule of the 2015 course. The individual lecture titles have links to audio recordings and slides. In 2017 the course will be given from 5-9 June at the Friday Harbor Laboratories of the University of Washington. The website is Here.
  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.
  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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