Reticulate Evolution Special Collection


Title: “Seeing the web for the trees: Methodological and empirical advances in reticulate evolution” 

Editors: Claudia Solis-Lemus and George Tiley 

This special collection will include topics related to the development of novel methods for reconstructing phylogenetic networks from different mathematical, statistical and computational approaches that highlight the challenges of network reconstruction and the needs of contemporary genomic data. In addition, the collection will broadcast diverse applications of phylogenetic networks on a wide variety of organisms across the Tree of Life. Submissions will ideally be received by the end of August 2022 for publication in the April 2023 issue of the Bulletin.  

Specific research topics include (but are not limited to): 

  • Novel methods to reconstruct phylogenetic networks from different approaches: graph theory, algebraic geometry, coalescent theory. 
  • Robustness studies on the accuracy and applicability of existing network methods on a variety of in silico or real data 
  • Novel mathematical insights on the space of phylogenetic networks as well as identifiability theory to determine what can and cannot be inferred from data 
  • Applications of phylogenetic networks on any domain in the Tree of Life to illustrate the widespread evidence of reticulate evolution  

Submissions are open. 


Dr. Claudia Solis-Lemus (solislemus [at] wisc [dot] edu) 

Dr. George Tiley (g.tiley [at] kew [dot] org)