Phylogenentic Reconstruction of Paramoebidium, the Largest Genus of the Amoebidiales
Recently a revolution in our understanding of both early diverging fungi and protists has been realized with phylogenetic systematic studies that are better resolved with multigene analysis and broadened taxon sampling. This study will enhance our understanding of one of the earliest-diverging protist groups to become multicellular, the Paramoebidium, a major milestone in evolutionary history. A multigene approach will be used to place Paramoebidium within this history which will lead to a better understanding of our earliest animal ancestors. In addition this project will help to develop and test new PCR primers that can enhance the broader scientific community’s ability to interpret phylogenies and work with other early diverging protists.