Species delimitation using SNPs

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A new paper by Leaché et al., including Dr. Matt Fujita, describes a method and implementation of species delimitation using genome-wide SNP data. This is an important contribution given the direction that systematics is moving with the continued adoption of next-generation sequencing in biodiversity studies. Furthermore, the method contributes to the need for objective species delimitation with explicit models. Co-authors Dr. Vladimir Minin from the University of Washington and Dr. Remco Bouckaert from the University of Auckland were instrumental in developing the theory to use Bayes Factors to choose among delimitation models and implementing the method in SNAPP; the new species delimitation tool is called BFD* (Bayes Factor Delimitation).