Research

Phylogenetics

Phylogenetics is the study of evolutionary relationships. We have a broad interest in this area, including theoretical and applied studies.

Some of our work focuses on phylogenetic methods and their performance. This typically involves methodological development, extensive analysis using simulations, and testing methods using real DNA sequence data.

We also conduct phylogenetic analyses to study evolutionary relationships and timescales. Recent projects have included the phylogenetics of whales, brown bears, humans, and viruses.

Recent projects

Mitochondrial tree of bovines
  • Molecular data support Orianthera: a new genus of Australian Loganiaceae
  • Molecular systematics and biogeography of Logania R.Br. (Loganiaceae)
  • Australian and Pacific contributions to the genetic diversity of Norfolk Island feral chickens
  • Reconstructing genome evolution in historic samples of the Irish potato famine pathogen
  • One hundred twenty years of koala retrovirus evolution determined from museum skins