Mathematical Biology Seminar

Brendan O'Fallon
University of Utah
3:05PM, Wednesday October 3, 2012 in LCB 225
A beginner's guide to inference of population history from genetic data

Genetic data record a wealth of information about the evolutionary and demographic history of populations, but translating raw sequence data into useful information is challenging for several reasons. I'll present some basic techniques for inferring population history from sequence data, focusing on contemporary Bayesian genealogical methods. I'll also present some recent research of mine regarding the peopling of the Americas and the impact of European colonization.