Overview of the group
The Computational Phylogenetics group is part of the Department of Ecology and Evolution from the University of Lausanne as well as the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics. It also belongs to the Center for Advanced Modeling of Sciences (CADMOS).
We work on a variety of organisms and questions with a particular focus on understanding the drivers of adaptation both at the levels of the genes or genomes but also through the modeling of the evolution of the phenotypes and the ecological niche of species.
Although our research questions are purely biological and we work on a variety of biological systems illustrated below, we make extensive use of high performance computing facilities such as vital-it of the SIB or the BlueGen/Q system of CADMOS to create and evaluate evolutionary models. The group is therefore a nice mix of theoretical people, bioinformaticians and empirical biologists, which makes discussions and lab meeting lively and interesting!
See the publications pages for the complete list.
G. Litsios, R.O. Wüest, A. Kostikova, F. Forest, C. Lexer, H.P. Linder, P.B. Pearman, N.E. Zimmermann, N. Salamin. 2014. Effects of a fire response trait on diversification in replicated radiations. Evolution, 68, 453-465.
A. Kostikova, G. Litsios, N. Salamin* and P.B. Pearman*. 2013. Linking life-history traits, ecology and niche breadth evolution in North American eriogonoids (Polygonaceae). American Naturalist, 182, 760-774. * = shared last authorship
C. Lexer, S. Mangili, E. Bossolini, F. Forest, K.N. Stölting, P.B. Pearman, N.E. Zimmermann, N. Salamin. 2013. 'Next generation' biogeography: towards understanding the drivers of species diversification and persistence. Journal of Biogeography, 40, 1013-1022
M. Perret, A. Chautems, A.O. De Araujo and N. Salamin. 2013. Temporal and spatial origin of Gesneriaceae in the New World inferred from plastid DNA sequences. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, 171, 61–79.
P.-A. Christin, G. Besnard, E.J. Edwards and N. Salamin. 2012. Effect of genetic convergence on phylogenetic inference. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 62, 921-927.
G. Litsios, L. Pellissier, F. Forest, C. Lexer, P.B. Pearman, N.E. Zimmerman and N. Salamin. 2012. Trophic specialisation influences the rate of environmental niche evolution in damselfish. Proceedings of the Royal Society Series B, 279, 3662-3669.
G. Litsios and N. Salamin. 2012. Effects of generation time on character state reconstruction. Systematic Biology, 61, 533-538.
G. Litsios, C.A. Sims, R.O. Wüest, P.B. Pearman, N.E. Zimmerman and N. Salamin. 2012. Mutualism with sea anemones drives the adaptive radiation of clownfish. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 12, 212.