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
  • The evolutionary history of termites as inferred from 66 mitochondrial genomes
  • Tree imbalance causes a bias in phylogenetic estimation of evolutionary timescales using heterochronous sequences
  • Declining transition/transversion ratios through time reveal limitations to the accuracy of nucleotide substitution models
  • Whole-genome analyses resolve early branches in the tree of life of modern birds
  • Molecular systematics and biogeography of Logania R.Br. (Loganiaceae)