Interested in being my student?
The primary objective of my research is to
produce new algorithms and
software that can dramatically improve
phylogenetic analysis (whether in linguistics or in biology),
as tested in simulation or on real data. Theoretical research
is often done at the same time, using probability theory to
predict performance under Markov models of evolution, but
then testing these predictions in simulation. Mathematical modelling
is also part of the work.
If you are a student who loves to design
algorithms, likes the challenge of trying to solve
NP-hard optimization problems, loves to program, and enjoys
collaborations (especially with scientists!),
please contact me!
No background in biology or linguistics is required.
For an introduction to some research questions in
For the linguistics work, see the
Computational Phylogenetics in Historical Linguistics page.