Models in ecology increasingly rely on rich genomic data which has a complex correlation structure due to shared ancestry, spatial and environmental history.


The study of phylodynamics uses the information in pathogen genomes to understand and predict epidemic dynamics and outbreaks.

Evolution of biological functionality

The research in this area looks at how life evolved, and what are the attributes of intelligent life.

Language and culture

Modelling and applying evolutionary processes in the cultural domain which has culminated in multiple publications in Science, Nature and PNAS.

Mathematical phylogenetics

Developing the mathematical framework and algorithms to untangle the web of life is the central focus of this group.

Phylogenetics software development

Applications of phylogenetics are completely reliant on having software available.

Species evolution

Our centre has researched implementing and elaborating the multispecies coalescent model for embedding gene trees inside a shared species tree.