go to the Tree of Life home page

Acknowledgments & Recognition

Tree of Life Partner Projects

AmphibiaTree logo AmphibiaTree is a community-based research effort to promote the study of amphibian evolution. This research group coordinates the ToL Amphibia branch.
AmphibiaWeb logo

AmphibiaWeb is an online system providing information relating to amphibian biology and conservation.

logo The Angiosperm Tree of Life: Resolving the Trunk of the Tree and 12 of its Thorniest Nodes coordinates the ToL angiosperms branch.
logo Ant Phylogeny: A Comprehensive Evolutionary Tree for the World's Premier Social Organisms coordinates the development of the ToL Formicidae branch.
logo The Assembling the Beetle Tree of Life project will conduct an extensive study of beetle phylogeny to provide the first broad scale view of beetle diversification. This research group coordinates the ToL Coleoptera branch.
The Assembling the Fungal Tree of Life (AFTOL) project is dedicated to significantly enhancing our understanding of the evolution of the Kingdom Fungi. This research group coordinates the ToL fungi branch.
 Assembling the Tree of Eukaryotic Microbial Diversity coordinates the development of most protist branches.
BIODIDAC logo BIODIDAC is a bank of digital resources for teaching biology. BIODIDAC provides images for use on ToL pages.
Botanical Image Database logo The Botanical Image Database of the University of Basel is a collection of images of plants and their pollinators. The Botanical Image Database provides images for use on ToL pages.

Building the Dipteran Tree: Cooperative Research in Phylogenetics and Bioinformatics of True Flies (Insecta: Diptera) coordinates the development of the ToL Diptera branch.

CalPhotos logo CalPhotos is a collection of images of plants, animals, fossils, people, and landscapes. Calphotos provides images for use on ToL pages.
CIS Logo The Center for Insect Science (CIS) is a multicampus, interdisciplinary program fostering collaborative research and education on a broad array of topics dealing with insect science.
CIPRes logo The Cyberinfrastructure for Phylogenetic Research (CIPRES) project is an open collaboration of researchers (biologists, computer scientists, statisticians, and mathematicians) at nineteen institutions. Its goal is to create a national computational infrastructure for the international systematics community.
Deep Fin logo DeepFin is a research coordination network (RCN) of systematic ichthyologists and biologists with expertise in the analysis of fish biodiversity, seeking to integrate knowledge of morphology, paleontology, molecular biology, and bioinformatics. The ultimate goal of the RCN is to establish the phylogenetic tree of all fishes, to decipher their evolutionary relationships. This research group coordinates the ToL fish branches.
Deep Hypha logo Deep Hypha is an NSF-funded Research Coordination Network (RCN) that is focused on developing robust phylogenetic hypotheses for the deep branches within Kingdom Fungi and enhanced research and educational tools in fungal systematics. This research group participates in the coordination of the ToL fungi branch.
Early Bird logo Early Bird: A Collaborative Project to Resolve the Deep Nodes of Avian Phylogeny participates in the development of the ToL Neornithes branch.
Early Bird logo The Encyclopedia of Life is a collaborative scientific effort led by the Field Museum of Natural History, Harvard University, Marine Biological Laboratory, Missouri Botanical Garden, Smithsonian Institution, and Biodiversity Heritage Library, a consortium including the core institutions and also the American Museum of Natural History (New York), Natural History Museum (London), New York Botanical Garden, and Royal Botanic Gardens (Kew). Ultimately, the Encyclopedia of Life will provide an online database for all 1.8 million species now known to live on Earth. The ToL will support this effort by providing expertise and content, most importantly the phylogenetic structure, and information about clades above the species level.
GEM logo The Gateway to Educational Materials is a portal to lesson plans, curriculum units and other education resources on the Internet. The ToL is a GEM consortium member.
  Historical Inference in the Emberizinae (Aves: Passeriformes) Using a Complete Species-Level Phylogeny participates in the development of the ToL Passeriformes branch.
HymAToL logo HymAToL is a project funded by the National Science Foundation under the “Assembling the Tree Of Life” initiative. Its goal is to construct a large-scale phylogenetic analysis of the Hymenoptera. This research group coordinates the ToL Hymenoptera branch.
  The An Integrated Approach to the Origin and Diversification of Protostomes project will assemble the basic backbone of the protostome Tree of Life
logo Microbial Life - Educational Resources is a collaborative project of the Marine Biology Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA, and Montana State University, Bozeman, MT.
microscope logo micro*scope provides images of microbes, classification schemes, descriptions of organisms, talks and other educational resources to improve awareness of the biodiversity of microbes. micro*scope and ToL are collaborating in the areas of metadata development and data sharing.

Morphological and Molecular Phylogeny of the Decapod Crustaceans coordinates the ToL Crustacea branch.

NSDL logo The National Science Digital Library is a digital library of exemplary resource collections and services, organized in support of science education at all levels. The current expansion of the ToL collection is supported by an NSF-NSDL grant.
 The Paleontology Portal is a project of the University of California Museum of Paleontology, the Paleontological Society, the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, and the United States Geological Survey. It is a resource for anyone interested in paleontology, from the professional in the lab to the interested amateur scouting for fossils to the student in any classroom.
PathPortLogo PathPort, short for pathogen portal, combines information about pathogens (and their near relatives) from around the world with powerful analysis and visualization tools to aid in the rapid detection, identification, and forensic attribution of high-priority pathogens, whether causing infectious diseases or potentially used as a biological weapons. ToL and PathPort are exploring interoperability options for the exchange of data and tools.
logo The Phylogeny of Lepidoptera: A Genomics-inspired, Community Collaboration project is funded by the National Science Foundation under the “Assembling the Tree Of Life” initiative. This research group coordinates the ToL Lepidoptera branch.
logo Phylogeny of Spiders ATOL coordinates the development of the ToL Aranaea branch.
logo Phylum Nematoda: Integrating Multidisciplinary Expertise and Infrastructure for resolving Relationships in a Major Branch of the Tree of Life coordinates the ToL Nematoda branch.
SACNAS logo The Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science Biography Project is a resource for K-12 educators who are interested in teaching their students about the accomplishments of Chicano/Latino and Native American scientists. SACNAS provides biographies of Chicano/Latino and Native American biologicsts to the ToL project.
CTOL logo Systematics of Cypriniformes–Earth's Most Diverse Clade of Freshwater Fishes participates in the development of ToL fishes.
TreeBase logo TreeBASE is a relational database of phylogenetic information. Its main function is to store published phylogenetic trees and data matrices. It also includes bibliographic information on phylogenetic studies, and some details on taxa, characters, algorithms used, and analyses performed.
uBio Logo uBio Universal Biological Indexer and Organizer is an initiative within the science library community to join international efforts to create and utilize a comprehensive and collaborative catalog of names of all living (and once-living) organisms.
 Understanding Evolution is a collaborative project of the University of California Museum of Paleontology and the National Center for Science Education. It is a non-commercial, education website, teaching the science and history of evolutionary biology.

About the Tree of Life

About ToL

ToL News

Goals of the ToL


Structure of the ToL

ToL Home Picture



Citing the ToL