Graduate student: David Hillis' Lab at the University of Texas at Austin
E-mail contact: wright [dot] aprilm [at] utexas.edu
Google chat or Docs: wright [dot] aprilm [at] gmail.com
Office: Patterson Labs 129
Fossils and Phylogeny
I'm very interested in the best practices for estimating phylogenetic trees from the fossil record. Fossil data present many challenges for researchers investigating phylogenetic and macroevolutionary questions. Missing data, biases in preservation and model adequacy are all topics in which I have an interest. Keep an eye on my blog for tutorials and other hosted materials on this topic.
Bayesian Analysis Using a Simple Likelihood Model Outperforms Parsimony for Estimation of Phylogeny from Discrete Morphological Data
Putting Fossils in Time Trees
How can we best make use of fossil data when estimating divergence dates? How can current methods, such as 'tip-dating' methods, be applied to paleontological information? Along with collaborators, I am developing empirical projects to address this question.
Along with two collaborators, I am hosting a workshop and symposium at the SVP meetings. Join us if you happen to be in Berlin!
Estimation and Use of Phylogenetic Trees
If you can put a tree on it, I'm interested. I'm a part of several projects in the Hillis lab, including understanding the True Bug phylogenetic tree and examining the contribution of topological uncertainty in modeling the evolution of complex traits.
Long-branch attraction and the phylogeny of true water bugs (Hemiptera: Nepomorpha) as estimated from mitochondrial genomes
Computational Literacy and Education
I'm probably most vocally interested in the pedagogy of computer science and increasing the participation of underrepresented groups in this field. My courses taught page is frequently updated with course materials, all of which are CC-BY. Feel free to use these materials as you see fit (but attribute me!), or get in touch with me to talk more about them.