MS03 - ECOP-1 Senate Chamber (#2145) in The Ohio Union
Current trends in phylogenetics
Tuesday, July 18 at 10:30am
Kristina Wicke, Laura Kubatko
Inference of phylogenies – graphs that display ancestry-descent relationships among a collection of species – is a fundamental problem in evolutionary biology, and one for which the community of mathematical biologists has made crucial contributions. The field of phylogenetics is also heavily interdisciplinary, requiring interactions among mathematicians, statisticians, computer scientists, and biologists. The overarching goals of the field are to reconstruct and analyze the tree (or rather network) of life from data observed in the present and to use these data to make predictions about future evolutionary trajectories (as for instance, in the analysis of viruses). Both are challenging tasks and have led to many exciting new mathematical and computational questions and results. This mini-symposium will bring together researchers of various backgrounds (ranging from Discrete Biomathematics to Scientific Computing) and differing career stages to discuss current trends and recent developments in phylogenetics and beyond.