Professor of Botany and Statistics
341 Birge Hall
Ph.D. (2000) University of Toulouse, France
Molecular evolution, Statistical inference with phylogenetic sequence data, Computational biology
My main research interest is the area of statistical inference in molecular evolution for phylogenetics, as well as in inference for trait evolution. One of my aim is to detect what groups of genes share the same genealogy, and to draw inference on the distribution of genealogies across the genome. This area involves statistical issues of model selection, hierarchical modelling of species genealogies and gene genealogies, and it also involves computational challenges. Indeed, molecular data become available faster than appropriate methods of analysis.
More recently, I have been interested in using phylogenetic trees to analyze trait evolution, using the so-called 'comparative methods'. In particular, I investigate evolutionary models with adaptation, and what to expect from very large data sets involving very large trees.
For publications, see here.