Organisers: Professor Vincent Moulton (University of East Anglia), Dr Brent Emerson (University of East Anglia ), Professor Daniel Huson (Tuebingen University ) and Professor Mike Steel (University of Canterbury)
Phylogenetic trees and networks are central to modern molecular evolutionary biology, with applications ranging from the origin of viruses (e.g. HIV, influenza) to modelling plant and animal radiations. As biologists attempt to reconstruct larger slices of the 'tree of life' using increasingly complex data, and incorporating more accurate models of molecular evolution, mathematics (and its sister fields, statistics and computer science) is increasingly being seen as an essential tool.
This workshop will showcase some of the recent achievements, challenges and new problems that arise in using mathematical approaches to understand molecular evolution. Topics covered will include: phylogenomics, molecular epidemiology, genetic biodiversity and phylogeography, processes of reticulate evolution (such as horizontal gene transfer), haplotype mapping by perfect phylogeny, population genetics in phylogeny, and metagenomics.
In addition this workshop will launch (and set the agenda for) a 4-month workshop of collaboration and research at the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences in a program on Phylogenetics, which will bring mathematicians and biologists together to develop new approaches in molecular phylogenetics.