The “International Decapod Phylogenetics Task Force” met over two days (26 and 27 May 2010) in DBS, NUS to update and exchange information of the current sequencing efforts of decapods, and as well as to outline the possible collaboration for papers. The meeting, which was organised by Prof Keith Crandall (Brigham Young University) and Prof Darryl Felder (University of Louisiana) with Prof Peter Ng (RMBR), and funded by the Tree of Life Project of the U.S. National Science Foundation, had carcinologists from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Germany, New Zealand, U.S. and Singapore discussing how to study the evolution of decapods of the world over the next few years. The meeting should set the seeds for substantially more international collaborations in decapod phylogeny and systematics in the years ahead.
Front row: Prof Keith Crandall (Brigham Young University, United States), Dr Shane Ahyong (National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research, New Zealand), Prof Tin-Yam Chan (National Taiwan Ocean University, Taiwan), Prof Peter Ng (NUS), Dr Heather Bracken-Grissom (Brigham Young University, United States), Prof Darryl Felder (University of Louisiana, United States), Prof Ka Hou Chu (The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong) and Dr Ng Ngan Kee (NUS).
Middle row: Mr Leung Ka Chun (The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong), Mr Ling Ming Tsang (The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong), Miss Tan Kai-xin (NUS), Dr Tan Swee Hee (NUS), Prof Christoph Schubart (Universität Regensburg, Germany) and Dr Joelle Lai (NUS).
Back row: Mr Robert Murray Lasley Jr (NUS), Dr Darren Yeo (NUS), Mr Paul Chen (NUS), Mr Nguyen Thanh Son (NUS) and Mr Jose Christopher E Mendoza (NUS).
[Photograph by Tan Heok Hui]