What we do

We develop models and software to better understand the evolution of organisms and to test macroevolutionary hypotheses. We are looking at the ecological, genomic and morphological factors that constrain speciation and adaptation. We focus on phylogenetic methods, clownfish and plant genomics, the estimation of positive selection, modelling the evolution of DNA sequences and phenotypes, the mode and tempo of species evolution and the spatially explicit evolution of diversity. Our aim is to develop better models to analyse sequence data and quantitative models to estimate macroevolutionary patterns and processes.

Find out more about the Group’s activities


epfl lausanne

Nicolas Salamin
Computational Phylogenetics Group
University of Lausanne
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Domain(s) of activity:

  • Evolution and phylogeny
  • Comparative genomics
  • Evolutionary biology
  • Functional genomics
  • Machine learning
  • Next generation sequencing
  • Phylogeny
  • Phylogenetic tree analysis (natural selection)
  • Software engineering
  • Transcriptomics

Domain(s) of application:

  • Basic research
  • Ecology