The Phyletica Lab is broadly interested in understanding how and why there are so many species on our planet. To approach this question, we explore patterns of variation within and among populations of organisms to infer evolutionary history and test models of diversification. This entails developing phylogenetic models, implementing them as computational methods, and ultimately applying these methods to molecular data collected from natural populations. The focus of our empirical work is reptiles and amphibians, however, we also work with systems ranging from viruses to plants.
A useful trick for generating pretty equations from the prompt.
There's an impressive number of reptile and amphibian species on the AU campus.
Abstract available of AREES review paper on SNPs in phylogenetics.
NSF supports Phyletica Lab efforts to generalize Bayesian phylogenetics.
Randy and Breanna awarded funds for research.