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.
[we] propose an evolutionary mechanism for this pattern that we think can complement ecological perspectives on this problem.
An update to our BioRxiv preprint about the new full-likelihood Bayesian comparative phylogeographic method
Enjoying a visit to Columbus, Ohio.
BioRxiv preprint testing the Pleistocene species-pump model
This summer Aundrea and Jesse move on to new adventures and Brian and JR join the lab.