David Bryant

Director of Computational Modeling (COMO)
University of Otago




  • Associate Professor of Mathematical Biology, University of Auckland, 2008--10
  • Senior Lecturer in Mathematical Biology, University of Auckland, 2005-2007
  • Associate Professor, Dept. Mathematics and Statistics, McGill University, Montreal. 2005
  • Assistant Professor, School of Computer Science and Department of Mathematics and Statistics, McGill University, Montreal. 2001-2005
  • Postdoc at LIRMM, Montpellier, with Olivier Gascuel, 2000-2001
  • Postdoc at CRM, Montreal, with David Sankoff, 1998-2000
  • Ph.D. (Mathematics) at University of Canterbury with Mike Steel 1994-1997


Research Areas

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. 

Ph.D. Scholarship available!

We're looking for an applied mathematician for a Ph.D. examining evolutionary models for ecological niches. The candidate would work with Prof David Bryant (Mathematics and Statistics) and Prof. Steven Higgins (Ecology) studying the ways that species niches change over time, their relationship with speciation, and how we can work with these mathematically.The candidate needs to have some programming experience, and an enthusiasm (if not background) in the life sciences.The postdoctoral scholarship is funded by a Marsden grant, paying NZ$25,000 plus fees and a travel budget. For more information, contact me.