Long-term Sabbatical

Relational evolutionary database for heliconius butterflies

PI(s): Owen McMillan (University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras Campus)
Start Date: 1-Sep-2005
End Date: 31-May-2006

During my sabbatical, I will generate an evolutionary database for Heliconius butterflies that links the large amount of biological information with the growing amount of molecular information in this group. Heliconius represents are ideal system to focus efforts towards the development of a multi-level relational database. There are few groups that can be studied at so many biological levels and offer such rich possibilities for evolutionary synthesis. My collaboration with NESCent will produce a common database environment for emerging model organisms and provide a general template for combining genomic, morphological, ecological, and phylogenetic information into a single integrated framework.

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  • Carol Kaesuk Yoon, 26 June 2007, From a Few Genes, Life‚Äôs Myriad Shapes, New York TimesRoger Highfield, 26 June 2006, 'Supergene' that paints butterflies is pinpointed, Daily Telegraph