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Cajsa Lisa Anderson: research

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CV februari 2014

CV Posted on Wed, February 19, 2014 12:12:38

1. PhD

Systematic Botany, Uppsala University
Dissertation 21. September 2007
Title of thesis: Dating Divergence Times in Phylogenies

Main supervisor Kåre Bremer, Stockholm University

Co-supervisors Else Marie Friis, NRM, Stockholm
Mikael Thollesson, Molecular Biology, Uppsala University
Torsten Eriksson, Bergius foundation, Stockholm
Niklas Wikström, Systematic Botany, Uppsala University

2. Post doctoral positions

2A. PostDoc, Real Jardin Botanico, CSIC, Madrid, Spain (VR funded)
Own research and “the Rand Flora project” 100% of full time
1. March 2009 – 28. February 2011
Supervisor Isabel Sanmartín

2B. PostDoc / Återvändarbidrag, Institution of Biology and Environmental Sciences, University of Gothenburg (VR funded)
Own research 100% of full time (but see *4 deducible time/sickleave)
1. April 2011 – 31. March 2013
Advisor Bengt Oxelman

3. Previous employments

3A. PhD student, Systematic Botany, Uppsala University
1. September 2002 – 30. September 2007.
Own research 80%, teaching about 15%, special commissions about 5%.

Courses taught 2002-2006: Systematic biology, Plant evolution and diversity (VEM), Phylogeny reconstruction for bioinformatics, Evolutionary biology (Masters year), Floristics, Organism Evolution and Diversity (OEM).

Supervision: 10 weeks student research project, 2006.

3B. Editor of the yearly journal Naturvetaren Special (distributed in 30’000 copies), part time, September 2002 – November 2002

3C. Naturvetareförbundet (Swedish Association of Scientists), Project manager and ombudsman
15. August 2000 – 30. August 2002
Responsible for students and PhD-students sector, including
– budget
– recruitment of new student members
– courses in job application and CV writing at all Swedish universities and university colleges that award academic degrees in natural sciences°
– career counseling
– contacts with information offices and students counselors all Swedish universities and university colleges that award academic degrees in natural sciences°
– outreach
– editor and writer for the yearly journal Naturvetaren special (distributed in 35.000 copies)

° Uppsala University, Lund University, Göteborg University, Stockholm University, Umeå University, Linköping University; Campus Valla, Linköping University; Campus Norrköping, Växjö University, Karlstad University, Örebro University, Karolinska Medical University, Mid Sweden University; Campus Sundsvall, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences; Campus Uppsala, Gotland University College, Halmstad University College, Mälardalen University College; Campus Eskilstuna, Mälardalen University College; Campus Västerås, Södertörn University College, University College of Gävle, University College of Kalmar, University College of Skövde.

3D. International Science Festival Göteborg 2000, Project assistant at the schools program
1. October1999 – 31. May 2000
Responsible for development of science education projects:
– workshops in scientific method for 10-13 year old students
– educating supervising personnel the temporary Science Centre, and writing information booklets for visiting teachers
– developing “Inspiration evenings” for teachers (teaching 7-19 year old students)
– writing competition for students age 7-19
– data base and booking of activities

3E. Field assistant
July 2000
Research on bat vision and foraging behaviour in midnight sun, Northern Norway

3F. Teaching at Göteborg University
Floristics (4 courses), Zoological Systematics and Morphology for teachers (at “gymnasium” level), Floristics for non-biologists, Floristics for teachers, Ecology and Evolution.

3G. Tropikhuset i Slottsskogen, Göteborg
1. June 1999 – 31. September 1999
Guide and animal caretaker at tropical exhibition

3H. Naturhistoriska museet (Natural History Museum) in Göteborg
1. April 1993 – 15. December 1993
Guide and teacher at the exhibition “Dinosaurs from China”.

4. (Deductible time in research activities)

5. Special commissions

– Board member of Naturvetareförbundet (Swedish Association of Scientists) 2003-2008
– Delegate at Akademikerforum (Nordic Academics Associations) “Norden som ledande europeisk kunskapsregion” Visby 2001
– Delegate for Naturvetareförbundet at SACO’s (Swedish Confederation of Professionals) congress 2005
– Board member of SACO-S-rådet vid Uppsala universitet (Swedish Confederation of Professionals, Uppsala University section)
– Member of Department board at the Institution of Evolution, Genomics and Systematics, Uppsala University, 2003-2005

6. Supervision of PhD students

Co-supervisor of PhD student Andrea Meseguer, Real Jardin Botanico, Madrid (dissertation 2013)
Co-supervisor of PhD student Laia Barres, Institut Botànic de Barcelona
(dissertation 2013)

7. Outreach and science communication

7A. See 3B, 3C, 3D, 3G and 3H above

7B. Articles etc

Several popular science articles in the journal Naturvetaren (Swedish Association of Scientists), the latest about my research on Amazonian diversity, 2010

Writer for the information booklet Naturvetenskaplig kompetens (natural scientists and their competences) directed to Swedish employers within e.g. Life Sciences and Telecom businesses

Mini-exhibition about my research, Uppsala botanical garden, Summer 2006

Web pages about dating of phylogenies and my research

7C. Presentations and workshops

Fósiles vegetales en la isla de La Palma. (talk given in English with Spanish direct translation) Museo Arqueológico Benahorita, Los Llanos de Aridane, La Palma, 29. November 2012

Presentation of systematic biology for last year students in Gymnasium, through Uppsala University

Nationell hälsa eller kan Sverige hälsa hem? Life Science – ett livsviktigt val! (Participation in debate about governmental research funding) Politikerveckan i Almedalen 2006

Participant in Workshop: Science and Society, Internationella Vetenskapsfestivalen Göteborg 4 maj 2001

7D. Relevant courses

Pedagogics for university teachers, 2003
Media and communication, 2002
Communication strategies, 2001
Project management, 2001
Oral presentation techniques, 2001


-Canary Islands: Gran Canaria 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, Tenerife 2009, La Palma 2012 (collecting material from fossiliferous volcanic ashes and mudflows)
-Yellowstone 2011 (taphonomy of plant fossils from siliceous hot springs)
-Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah 2011 (collecting material from fossil hotsprings)
-Wales, March-April 2007 (early fossil landplants and early metazoans)
-Iceland, January 2007 (taphonomy of plant fossils from siliceous hot springs)
-Madagascar, January 2006 (collecting plant material for herbaria and DNA analysis)-
-Northern Norway, July 2000 (bat vision and foraging behaviour in midnight sun)


-the International Biogeography Society
-Deep Time Network
-Socety of Systematic Biologists
-American Society of Botany
-Willy Hennig Society
-Svenska Systematikers Förening


-KVA PhD student stipend 2002
-Deep Time 2003 (Deep Time meeting at the Botany conference, Mobile, Alabama)
-KVA PhD student stipend 2003
-Deep Time 2004 (speaker at Deep Time meeting, Washington DC)
-Nilsson-Ehle 2005 (stipend for computer)
-Deep Time 2005 (invited speaker at International Botanical Congress, Vienna)
-Rektors Resestipendium 2005 (field trip to Madagascar)
-Sederholms resestipendium 2006 (field work at Gran Canaria)
-Wilgott Stenholms resestipendium 2006 (course in Wales and shorter research visit to Cardiff)
-Lennanders stiftelse 2007 (shorter research visit to Madrid)
-Lindahl 2009
-Vetenskapsrådet post doc (24 months) Real Jardin Botanico, CSIC, Madrid 2009
-Återvändarbidrag post doc (12 months) Göteborgs universitet 2011
-Magnus Bergvall 2013
-Kungliga Vetenskaps- och Vitterhets-Samhället I Göteborg 2013

Gothenburg / Göteborg

ME Posted on Sun, January 12, 2014 19:13:32

I am back where I started… A hundred years ago or something.

Gothenburg University.

The oldest “Tuatara”

news Posted on Sun, January 12, 2014 19:07:08

Our paper on Triassic origin for Lepidosauria (lizards, snakes, and tuatara) is out!

Illustration by Marc EH Jones.

Jones MEH, Anderson CL, Hipsley CA, Müller J, Evans SE,
Schoch R. 2013. Integration of molecules and new fossils supports a
Triassic origin for Lepidosauria (lizards, snakes, and tuatara). BMC Evolutionary Biology 13:208 DOI:10.1186/1471-2148-13-208

latest conferences

Conferences, downloads Posted on Tue, November 23, 2010 16:10:53

I am a bit behind on adding abstracts…
More soonish. Maybe. I hope.

Real Jardin Botanico, Madrid

ME Posted on Tue, November 23, 2010 16:08:33

Cajsa Lisa Anderson, PhD

Real Jardin Botanico, CSIC
Plaza de Murillo 2
280 14 Madrid

Conferences: abstracts, posters, downloads…

Conferences, downloads Posted on Tue, November 23, 2010 14:20:37

* PalAss – Paleontological Association, Glasgow 2008
— Exploration of fossil floras on the volcanic oceanic islands of
Macaronesia, as an important part of resolving complex botanical
questions and biogeographical patterns. Cajsa Lisa Anderson and
Alan Channing (Talk)

* PalAss – Paleontological Association, Glasgow 2008
8th International Organisation of Palaeobotany Conference, Bonn
— Fossil floras on oceanic volcanic islands [part 1]: records of
gymnosperms and laurisilva on Gran Canaria in late Miocene – early
Cajsa Lisa Anderson, Alan Channing and Alba B. Zamuner
poster HERE)

* PalAss – Paleontological Association, Uppsala 2007
— Fossil Floras on Oceanic Volcanic Islands: Gran Canaria – an
initial report
Cajsa Lisa Anderson and Alan Channing (abstract

(and poster HERE)

— Time for early bilaterians
Andreas Wallberg, Cajsa Lisa Anderson and Graham E. Budd

* 7th European Palaeobotany-Palynology conference, Prague 2006
— All we need now is fossils; a new phylogenetic dating method
(PATHd8) allowing thousands of taxa and multiple fossil constraints.

(Poster abstract HERE)

* the second International Paleontological Congress, Beijing 2006
— All we need now is fossils; a new phylogenetic dating method
(PATHd8) allowing thousands of taxa and multiple fossil constraints.
and Talk

* International Botanical Congress, Vienna 2005
— Divergence times of phylogenetically basal eudicots
and Talk

* Deep Time Network, Washington 2004
— Dating the phylogenetically basal eudicots

* Evolution, Fort Collins 2004
— Poster

* Phylogenetic Combinatorics and Applications, Uppsala, 2004
— Poster

PATHd8: a software for phylogenetic dating

PATHd8 Posted on Tue, November 23, 2010 14:06:41

PATHd8 is a simple non-parametric smoothing method for molecular dating. The software with documentation and manual can be downloaded from

21. September 2007: Dissertation

Thesis Posted on Tue, November 23, 2010 13:50:27

link to my doctoral thesis:

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