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
  • Mitogenomic phylogenetic analyses of the Delphinidae with an emphasis on the Globicephalinae
  • Phylogeographic analyses of domestic and wild yaks based on mitochondrial DNA: new data and reappraisal
  • Tracing the temporal and spatial origins of island endemics in the Mediterranean region: A case study from the citrus family (Ruta L., Rutaceae)
  • Radiation of extant cetaceans driven by restructuring of the oceans
  • Estimating the phylogeny and divergence times of primates using a supermatrix approach