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Supplementary figures for: Of traits and trees: probabilistic distances under continuous trait models for dissecting the interplay among phylogeny, model, and data

Richard Adams, Heath Blackmon & Michael DeGiorgio
Stochastic models of character trait evolution have become a cornerstone of evolutionary biology in an array of contexts. While probabilistic models have been used extensively for statistical inference, they have largely been ignored for the purpose of measuring distances between phylogeny-aware models. Recent contributions to the problem of phylogenetic distance computation have highlighted the importance of explicitly considering evolutionary model parameters and their impacts on molecular sequence data when quantifying dissimilarity between trees. By comparing...

Juvenile Bachman's sparrow audio

Hans Gonzembach, Heather Wolverton & Rindy Anderson
Vocal learning is a focal point of avian research, and can vary greatly across taxa. Different species may adapt to alternative learning strategies based on the timing of their sensitive periods, size of their repertoires, and social structure of their populations. Studying song learning in a broad range of species is essential for understanding how different factors may affect song learning. The Bachman’s Sparrow is a songbird with a large repertoire of primary songs and...

First Atlantic satellite tracks of lost years green turtles support the importance of the Sargasso Sea as a sea turtle nursery

Katherine Mansfield, Jeanette Wyneken & Jiangang Luo
In-water behaviour and long-term movements of oceanic-stage juvenile sea turtles are not well described or quantified. This is due to technological or logistical limitations of tracking small, fast-growing animals across long distances and time-periods within marine habitats. Here we present the first long-term offshore tracks of oceanic green turtles (Chelonia mydas) in western North Atlantic waters. Using a tag attachment technique developed specifically for young (<1 year old) green turtles, we satellite tracked 21 oceanic-stage...

Evolutionary comparisons of Chelonid alphaherpesvirus 5 (ChHV5) Genomes from Fibropapillomatosis-afflicted green (Chelonia mydas), Olive ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea) and Kemp’s ridley (Lepidochelys kempii) sea turtles

Liam Whitmore, Kelsey Yetsko, Jessica Farrell, Annie Page-Karjian, Whitney Daniel, Donna Shaver, Hilary Frandsen, Jennifer Walker, Whitney Crowder, Caitlin Bovery, Devon Rollinson-Ramia, Brooke Burkhalter, Elizabeth Ryan & David Duffy
The spreading global sea turtle fibropapillomatosis (FP) epizootic is threatening some of Earth’s ancient reptiles, adding to the plethora of threats faced by these keystone species. Understanding this neoplastic disease and its likely aetiological pathogen, chelonid alphaherpesvirus 5 (ChHV5), is crucial to understand how the disease impacts sea turtle populations and species and the future trajectory of disease incidence. We generated 20 ChHV5 genomes, from three sea turtle species, to better understand the viral variant...

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