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Professor David Bryant

Office: 232A
Phone: 479-7889
Email: dbryant@maths.otago.ac.nz

** Director of Computational Modelling (COMO) **

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I research mathematical, statistical, and computational aspects of evolutionary biology. Much of my work to date has focused on phylogenetics, the reconstructon of evolutionary history. I am currently investigating areas of cross-over between phylogenetics, population genetics and geography.

Selected recent publications

  • Joly, S., Bryant, D., & Lockhart, P. J. (2015). Flexible methods for estimating genetic distances from single nucleotide polymorphisms. Methods in Ecology & Evolution, 6(8), 938-948. doi: 10.1111/2041-210X.12343
  • Nelson-Sathi, S., Sousa, F. L., Roettger, M., Lozada-Chávez, N., Thiergart, T., Janssen, A., Bryant, D., … Martin, W. F. (2015). Origins of major archaeal clades correspond to gene acquisitions from bacteria. Nature, 517(7532), 77-80. doi: 10.1038/nature13805
  • Bryant, D., & Tupper, P. F. (2014). Diversities and the geometry of hypergraphs. Discrete Mathematics & Theoretical Computer Science, 16(2), 1-20.
  • Bryant, D. (2014). Statistical flaws undermine pre-Columbian chicken debate. PNAS, 111(35), E3584. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1410797111
  • White, D. J., Bryant, D. J., & Gemmell, N. J. (2013). How good are indirect tests at detecting recombination in human mtDNA? Genes Genomes Genetics, 3(7), 1095-1104. doi: 10.1534/g3.113.006510