Phylomania 2011

The UTas Theoretical Phylogenetics Meeting

 Nov 10-11, 2011, University of Tasmania

Organized by: Jeremy Sumner and Barbara Holland

Phylogenetics is concerned with the problem of reconstructing the past evolutionary history of organisms from molecular data such as DNA or morphological characters. There is ongoing interest in further development of the mathematics that underlies computational phylogenetic methods. Hidden from view, in the software packages used by biologists, are algorithms performing statistical inference using Markov models on binary trees. The mathematics involved represents a wonderful confluence of stochastic methods and probability theory (Markov chain models), discrete mathematics (combinatorics of tree space), statistical inference (maximum likelihood and Bayesian methods) and, more recently, methods taken from algebraic geometry and the representation theory of finite and infinite (Lie) groups. There are many important theoretical problems that arise, such as statistical identifiability of models, consistency and convergence of methods. These problems can only be solved using a multi-disciplinary approach. Phylomania brings together phylogenetic researchers with a strong theoretical leaning, with the aim of discussing and attacking some of the more pressing problems.
Confirmed speakers

Registration is now closed. Registration cost is $100 with a reduced rate of $30 for students. Email Barbara to register for the meeting.
Long talk, short talk, or a poster?
There are limited slots for speakers, but if you miss out don't despair as we will also provide space and time for posters and a Q&A session. When you register please let us know if you would like to give a a 40 minute talk, a 20 minute talk or present a poster.
Local information

Program and Abstracts
Click here for pdf of programe and abstracts.

Chris Burridge - Biogeographic controversy

Josh Collins - Phylogenetic networks

Attila Egri-Nagy - Group theory and bacterial genomics

Demosthenes Ellinas - Quantum phylogenetics

Andrew Francis - Algebraic view of bacterial evolution

Barbara Holland - Concerted convergence

Iker Irisarri - Frog phylogeny

Peter Jarvis - Strand symmetric model

Bodie Kaine - Closure

Steffen Klaere - Hadamard type transforms

Jonathan Mitchell - Identifiability of convergence

Tom Nye - Diffusions on tree-space

Mike Steel - Lassoing a tree

Jeremy Sumner -Lie Markov models

Arndt von Haeseler - One-step mutation matrices

Michael Woodhams - Dollo distances

Bojian Zhong - Plant phylogenomics

Joe Zhu - Clades and clans


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