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Signatures of evolutionary processes on phylogenetic trees

Grant number: 18/06289-6
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research
Effective date (Start): September 01, 2018
Effective date (End): November 30, 2018
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Ecology
Principal Investigator:Marcus Aloizio Martinez de Aguiar
Grantee:Marcus Aloizio Martinez de Aguiar
Host: Celso Grebogi
Home Institution: Instituto de Física Gleb Wataghin (IFGW). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Local de pesquisa : University of Aberdeen, Scotland  

Abstract

The goal of this three month visit to the Institute for Complex Systems and Mathematical Biology (ICSMB) in Aberdeen, UK, is twofold. First, I want to develop the work on macroevolution recently started in my group at Unicamp. Second, I want to learn and get involved in some of the groundbreaking work being developed by the groups at the ICSMB, such as neuronal and DNA replication networks. The work on phylogenetic trees is based on the idea that different speciation processes leave signatures in the genetic content of the corresponding populations, particularly in the topological properties of their phylogenetic trees. Mapping evolutionary processes into tree features could indicate which particular process was in action for a specific group of species. The development of this work will greatly benefit from the expertise of the people at the ICSMB. Also, my recent interest in network synchronization using the Kuramoto model should work as a bridge the to neuronal systems studied at the ICSMB. (AU)