November 4th Program – What’s in a name? Gene Trees

What’s in a name? Gene trees can identify species needing taxonomic revision

The relationships between organisms have frequently been determined by grouping organisms based on morphological features. This method, while useful to an extent, may not always reflect the true relationship that exists between species. By using open source data and software, anyone interested can learn how to download genetic data, manipulate it, and create trees to answer phylogenetic questions.

Nicolle Omiotek is an Elgin Community College graduate and a current biology student at Elmhurst College. Previously she has done an internship at the National Science Foundation as well as a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at the Luquillo Experimental Forest in Puerto Rico. She has led mycological forays with the IMA and for the Bridge Teen Program. According to members, she has excellent skill at identifying fungi. She also volunteers in the Botany Herbarium at the Field Museum in Chicago. Nicolle’s current projects at Elmhurst College involve DNA sequencing mushrooms, building phylogenetic trees, and plant-microbe interactions.

Join us for our November program! Fee: $5 for visitors. IMA annual membership is $20 for individuals and $25 for families.

Niles Historical & Cultural Center is about a tenth of a mile Southeast from the Golf-Mill Shopping center. The former sheriff’s office has parking behind the building. The meeting room is on the second floor and is accessible by elevator and staircase. Restrooms are available. For public transport from the city, take the Blue Line to the Jefferson Park CTA Station, from there it is 20 minutes on the PACE #270 bus to Milwaukee and Elizabeth. The museum is open to the public Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:30 AM to 3:00 PM. Tours are by appointment on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 11 AM to 2 PM. Call for tour reservations: (847) 390-0160.


Niles Historical Society
8970 Milwaukee Avenue
Niles, IL 60714

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Catherine Lambrecht

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