Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Mathematics

Visiting Professor



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BibTex format

author = {Kendall, ML and Colijn, C},
doi = {molbev/msw124},
journal = {Molecular Biology and Evolution},
pages = {2735--2743},
title = {Mapping phylogenetic trees to reveal distinct patterns of evolution},
url = {},
volume = {33},
year = {2016}

RIS format (EndNote, RefMan)

AB - Evolutionary relationships are frequently described by phylogenetic trees, but a central barrier in many fields is the difficulty of interpreting data containing conflicting phylogenetic signals.We present a metric-based method for comparing trees which extracts distinct alternative evolutionary relationships embedded in data. We demonstrate detection and resolution of phylogenetic uncertainty in a recent study of anole lizards, leading to alternate hypotheses about their evolutionary relationships. We use our approach to compare trees derived from different genes of Ebolavirus and find that the VP30 gene has a distinct phylogenetic signature composed of three alternatives that differ in the deep branching structure.
AU - Kendall,ML
AU - Colijn,C
DO - molbev/msw124
EP - 2743
PY - 2016///
SN - 1537-1719
SP - 2735
TI - Mapping phylogenetic trees to reveal distinct patterns of evolution
T2 - Molecular Biology and Evolution
UR -
UR -
VL - 33
ER -