I. Gene Trees and Phylogeography
II. Multilocus Phylogeography of Australian Birds
III. Genomics of Host-Parasite Co-Evolution: a Tale of Birds and Bacteria
Part II: Multilocus Phylogeography of Australian Birds
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In his first lecture, Dr. Edwards explains that studying gene alleles within different populations or species allows the construction of gene trees showing how the groups are related. The gene trees can be used to link genetic variation to geographic distribution of populations; the study of phylogeography.
Scott Edwards pursued his undergraduate studies at Harvard and was a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley. He began his research on Babbler songbirds in Australia while he was a graduate student. During his post-doc at the University of Florida, Edwards switched the focus of his studies to immunogenetics and population genetics in wild birds. He became an Assistant Professor at the University of Washington in 1994 and in 2003 he moved to Harvard University. Currently, he is Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and Curator of Ornithology in the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard.
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