Will Iles completed his PhD with Sean Graham at the University of British Columbia. His thesis covered the phylogenetics and evolution of several different angiosperm groups linked by an aquatic habit. These included: Hydatellaceae, a family of minute ephemeral aquatics with usual floral morphologies; Alismatales, an order of mostly aquatic monocots, several members of which have convergently lost the plastid NADH complex; and a molecular dating study of monocots as a whole. Following his PhD and a short post doc with Dr Graham, Will spent a summer with Arne Mooers at Simon Fraser University working on linking phylogenetically isolated taxa with island age—a notion that goes back to Wallace and relicts on continental islands. Will joined the Specht lab as a post doc in the fall of 2014 to integrate morphological and age data for fossil and living species of Zingiberales with phylogenomic data to create a coherent understanding of the ginger order’s evolution and diversification.


6. Graham, S.W., Iles, W.J.D., & Judd, W.S. In press. Petrosaviidae. In K. de Queiroz, P.D. Cantino, & J. Gauthier [eds]. Phylonyms: A Companion to the PhyloCode. University of California Press, Berkeley.

5. Iles, W.J.D., Lee, C., Sokoloff, D.D., Remizowa, M.V., Yadav, S.R., Barrett, M.D., Barrett, R.L., Macfarlane, T.D., Rudall P.J., & Graham, S.W. 2014. Reconstructing the age and historical biogeography of the ancient flowering-plant family Hydatellaceae (Nymphaeales). BMC Evolutionary Biology 14:102.

4. Iles, W.J.D., Smith, S.Y., & Graham, S.W. 2013. A well-supported phylogenetic framework for the monocot order Alismatales reveals multiple losses of the plastid NADH dehydrogenase complex and a strong long-branch effect. In P. Wilkin & S.J. Mayo [eds]. Early Events in Monocot Evolution. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. pp. 1-28.

3. Iles, W.J.D., Rudall, P.J., Sokoloff, D.D., Remizowa, M.V., Macfarlane, T.D., Logacheva, M.D., & Graham, S.W. 2012. Molecular phylogenetics of Hydatellaceae (Nymphaeales): sexual-system homoplasy and a new sectional classification. American Journal of Botany 99: 663-676.

2. Graham, S.W. & Iles, W.J.D. 2009. Different gymnosperm outgroups have (mostly) congruent signal regarding the root of flowering plant phylogeny. American Journal of Botany 96: 216-227.

1. Feild, T.S., Sage, T.L., Czerniak, C., & Iles, W.J.D. 2005. Hydathodal leaf teeth of Chloranthus japonicus(Chloranthaceae) prevent guttation-induced flooding of the mesophyll. Plant, Cell & Environment 28: 1179-1190.


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