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The New Microscopy: Novel Characters and the Importance of Morphology in Phylogenetic Analysis


Symposium organized by Ruth Ann Dewel dewelra@appstate.edu, Kathryn Coates, Clay Cook, Mary Beth Thomas, and Julian Smith

Prospective Program



Session 1
8:00 - 8:30Ronald Jenner Challenging received wisdom: Integrating the new microscopy with the new animal phylogeny
Monika Müller
Articulated antennae of the polychaete, Nerilla antennata




Matthew Hooge
Copulatory organs of the acoel, Haplocelis dichona




Andreas Schnidt-Rhaesa
Posterior of juvenile kinorhynch, Pycnophyes kielensis




Louise Page
Veliger larva of the gastropod, Fusitriton oregonensis
8:30 - 9:00Angela V. Klaus and Valerie Schawaroch A novel methodology utilizing confocal laser scanning microscopy for systematic analysis in arthropods
9:00 - 9:30Sally Leys Sponge development: finding the hallmarks of the metazoan body plan
9:30 - 10:00 Matthew Hooge and Seth Tyler Concordance of molecular and morphological data: The example of Acoela
10:00 Coffee Break
10:30 - 11:00 Andreas Schmidt-Rhaesa and Birgen H. Rothe Postembryonic development of the musculature in kinorhynchs
11:00 - 11:30 Steffen Harzsch Structure and development of the arthropod nervous system: Phylogenetic implications
11:30 - 12:00 Angelika Stollewerk Neurogenesis in myriapods and chelicerates and its importance for understanding arthropod relationships
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch


Session 2
1:00 - 1:30Mark Martindale and Gary Freeman The origin of mesoderm in phoronids
1:30 - 2:00Monika C. M. Müller Polychaete nervous systems: Ground pattern and variation
2:00 - 2:30Louise Page Diversification of molluscan body plans
2:30 - 3:00Svetlana Maslakova, M. Q. Martindale, and J. L. Norenburg Hidden trochophore in nemertean development revealed by confocal microscopy and cell lineage analysis
3:00 Coffee Break