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Milton Tan
Title: Assistant Research Scientist in Biodiversity Genomics
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Phone: 217-300-0987

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2017. Society of Systematic Biologists Ernst Mayr Student Award Symposium Finalist at Evolution 2017.

2013. American Society of Ichthyologists & Herpetologists Stoye Award for Best Student Oral Presentation in General Ichthyology at Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists & Herpetologists.

2011. Neotropical Ichthyological Association Best Student Poster Award winner at Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists.

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2018. M Tan, JW Armbruster. Phylogenetic classification of extant genera of fishes of the order Cypriniformes (Teleostei: Ostariophysi). Zootaxa 4476(1): 006–039. doi: 10.11646/zootaxa.4476.1.4

2018. ED Burress, L Piálek, J Casciotta, A Almirón, M Tan, JW Armbruster, O Říčan. Island- and lake-like parallel adaptive radiations replicated in rivers. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 285: 20171762. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2017.1762

2017. ED Burress, M Tan. Ecological opportunity alters the timing and shape of adaptive radiation. Evolution 71(11): 2650-2660. doi: 10.1111/evo.13362

2017. TD Read, RA Petit III, SJ Joseph, MT Alam, MR Weil, Maida Ahmad, R Bhimani, JS Vuong, CP Haase, DH Webb, M Tan (corresponding author), ADM Dove. Draft sequencing and assembly of the genome of the world’s largest fish, the whale shark: Rhincodon typus Smith 1828. BMC Genomics 18: 532. doi: 10.1186/s12864-017-3926-9

2016. CC Stout, M Tan (co-first author), AR Lemmon, EM Lemmon, JW Armbruster. Resolving Cypriniformes relationships using an Anchored Hybrid Enrichment approach. BMC Evolutionary Biology 16: 244. doi: 10.1186/s12862-016-0819-5

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American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists

Society of Systematic Biologists


2016. Auburn University, Ph.D, Biological Sciences. 
2009. University of Delaware, B.S., Biological Sciences with Concentration in Ecology and Organismal Biology, Honors Degree With Distinction. Minors in Marine Studies, Business Administration.

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