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Old 08-09-2012, 05:20 AM   #1
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Hi Everyone. I Joined this forum quite a while back and have only recently become and active member again. The main reason I stopped coming on here was because I started to do a PhD and has taken over my life over the past few years.
Now I am at the final stages of writing and thinking about the wider aspect of the research I have done. I have been making computer models of ancient plants that are millions of years old and looking in to their evolutionary history.

I am now wondering how many Science fans are out there in the BHM FFA world. Recently Mars Science Laboratory (cursorily) really has made me more interested in wider science again (also the geologist in me loves looking at the images).

So is there anything anyone would like to share? or does anyone have any question on the work I do.... lets see what happens
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Old 08-09-2012, 05:33 AM   #2
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And doesn't she just have the cutest paleontology?
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I always thought Consumer Electronics=Pseudo Science, but Electronic Experimentation, Design, & Construction =Real Science. Aahm jest ignernt, I guess.
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Ok ok I am a bad man for not coming in here enough..... In my defence when I started my PhD family members started dropping down dead like flies around me... So my mind has definitely been on other things.

However what is now important is that I'm here, you are all here, we can all be awesome and im going to go away and be quite jealous of the robotics engineer!!!
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Now I am at the final stages of writing and thinking about the wider aspect of the research I have done. I have been making computer models of ancient plants that are millions of years old and looking in to their evolutionary history.

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Your work sounds interesting, and I have a few questions:

1. Are you on the biology side, the modeling side or both?
2. Which plants do you study?
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4. On what do you base your models? Fossil records? Predictions based on convergence or divergence of known plants?

Evolutionary bio is a field in which I have zero experience, so those last two questions might sound completely ignorant to you.
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4. On what do you base your models? Fossil records? Predictions based on convergence or divergence of known plants?

Evolutionary bio is a field in which I have zero experience, so those last two questions might sound completely ignorant to you.
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1) I am actually coming at this from a geology palaeontology background. I have had to learn a huge amount of botany and am now probably at degree level standard in botany. The modelling is quite straight forward as I use a lot of the methods trailed in medicine and just refine them for fossils.

2) The plants I am studying are the ones before flowering plants evolved, these are mainly gymnosperms which include conifers, pines, cycads, ginkgo ect. For me these are some of the most interesting species that have ever lived.

3) The 3D models allows for a detailed view of some small and complex structures, botanists today use DNA to create evolutionary trees, in fossils specimens we do not have any DNA and can only go by what we can see or the morphology. We also treat modern living species the same way as our fossils so we can do direct comparisons and see how reliable our results are.

4) The models are based on both fossil and living specimens, we try not to look at stastical methods like phylogenies and try to concentrate on finding the evolutionary important structures .

I hope this helps to clear up a bit of what I do
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1) I am actually coming at this from a geology palaeontology background. I have had to learn a huge amount of botany and am now probably at degree level standard in botany. The modelling is quite straight forward as I use a lot of the methods trailed in medicine and just refine them for fossils.

2) The plants I am studying are the ones before flowering plants evolved, these are mainly gymnosperms which include conifers, pines, cycads, ginkgo ect. For me these are some of the most interesting species that have ever lived.

3) The 3D models allows for a detailed view of some small and complex structures, botanists today use DNA to create evolutionary trees, in fossils specimens we do not have any DNA and can only go by what we can see or the morphology. We also treat modern living species the same way as our fossils so we can do direct comparisons and see how reliable our results are.

4) The models are based on both fossil and living specimens, we try not to look at stastical methods like phylogenies and try to concentrate on finding the evolutionary important structures .

I hope this helps to clear up a bit of what I do
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It does. Thanks for explaining! When are you going to defend?
In the next couple of months, I am submitting my thesis in the next few weeks and then the long wait....

I only saw your background after I wrote the reply, sorry if i dummed it down a bit too much!!
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