Dates: July 2016 – June 2018
Project Title: Modeling and exploring evolution of anatomy ontologies using innovative stochastic process and two focal groups of insects
Sergei Tarasov (Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Univ. of Oslo, 2016) is developing novel ontology-based models for phenotypic evolution and tools for their statistical inference, including creating a software package in R, and is exploring the proposed model using two focal lineages of insects—dung beetles and wasps.
Upon completing his fellowship at NIMBioS, Dr. Tarasov accepted a position as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech.
He is now Curator of Coleoptera (beetles) at the Finnish Museum of Natural History, University of Helsinki.
Publications while at NIMBioS
Breeschoten T, Doorenweerd C, Tarasov S, Vogler AP. 2016. Phylogenetics and biogeography of the dung beetle genus Onthophagus inferred from mitochondrial genomes. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 105: 86. [Link]
Presentations while at NIMBioS
Tarasov S. 2016. Integrative phylogeny of dung beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeinae). XXV International Congress of Entomology, Orlando, FL.