School seminar series: Reading macroevolutionary patterns from molecular phylogenies

31 May 2013

Presented by Prof. Lindell Bromham, Research School of Biology, ANU (Host: A/Prof. Simon Ho)

The term "macroevolution" is generally used to describe changing patterns of biodiversity over time, space or lineages, as opposed to microevolution which focuses on changing allele frequencies in populations. The debate over whether macroevolutionary patterns lead to inference of mechanisms that cannot be explained by microevolutionary processes has been simmering for at least 150 years. Discussions of macroevolution have lately been reinvigorated by the study of patterns of diversity from molecular phylogenies. The beauty of molecular phylogenetic analyses is that they provide a way of examining genome-level, population-level and lineage-level patterns in a single analysis. I will illustrate this approach to using molecular phylogenies in macroevolutionary studies with three examples: the relationship between molecular change and diversification; rates of molecular evolution in parasites; and the evolution of salt tolerance in grasses.

Everybody welcome! Contact Simon Ho if you wish to attend the lunch

Time: 1-2pm

Location: DT Anderson Lecture Theatre, A08