The primary objective of this project is to give students experience with an array of different phylogenetic techniques used to analyze DNA sequence data. Each student will analyze a data set of 15-20 aligned DNA sequences, including at least one sequence that will serve as the outgroup. Data will be analyzed using the computer programs MEGA, PAUP*4.0, PHYML, MrBayes and other programs that we encounter in our workshop sessions. The project will include analyses conducted using genetic distance approaches, maximum parsimony, maximum likelihood, and Bayesian statistics. Students should endeavor to include in the project as many of the skills and methods learned in the workshop sessions as possible.