Reseach and Current Projects
Applications of discrete mathematics (combinatorics, graph theory) and probability theory
to contemporary problems in biology.
|Reconstructing Evolution - New Mathematical and Computational Advances, O. Gascuel and M. Steel eds., has been published (2007) by Oxford University Press. More info here.
|Phylogenetics, C. Semple and M. Steel, has just been published (Jan 2003) by Oxford University Press graduate series Mathematics and its Applications. A table of contents of this book can be found here (PDF, 29 KB). Errata (PDF, 56 KB).
* A second edition is possible but won't be out for a long time.
A list of publications (with some available as .pdf files) can be found on my publications page.
- Phylogeny reconstruction, including the combinatorial and computational problems surrounding supertree construction (the amalgamation of trees that classify overlapping sets of species into a parent tree), phylogenetic networks and pedigrees
- Modelling sequence evolution, particularly the covarion model of site substitution, and analytical bounds on the information content of sequences under Markov site substitution models.
- The relationship between, and analysis of different phylogenetic methods.
- Models of speciation and the effect this has on the shapes of phylogenetic trees. Phylogenetic diversity and conservation
- Random autocatalytic networks and origin of life models.
- Alpine plants.