Modelling an adaptive radiation in a single gene


lands.jpgWe are looking for a enthusiastic master student to help us build a computer model to be used in the development and interpretation of an evolution experiment with bacteria. The student will (i) learn to program in R or another language of choice (ii) learn the relevant ecological, evolutionary, and biochemical theory, and (iii) develop and validate the mathematical model in cooperation with us.


Understanding the evolutionary origins of patterns of biodiversity is a major problem in biology. We are currently designing an experiment to examine the role of genetic constraints in the evolution of patterns of biodiversity. The project will make use of experimental evolution of bacteria.

     There are two major theoretical obstacles to developing this experiment that have to be overcome. Firstly, we have to find the right experimental conditions under which  adaptive radiations occur. Secondly, we wish to be able to interpret the data in quantitatively terms of key variables of the organisms and the environment.

     In order to meet these challenges, we will build a computer model of our experimental system that models the evolution of patterns of diversity. The model will make use of empirically determined parameter values.


Contact Bertus Beaumont ( or Tom Van Dooren ( for more information.




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