Michael J. Landis, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Evolution, Ecology and Population Biology Program
Computational and Systems Biology Program
Molecular Genetics and Genomics Program

  • 210 Rebstock Hall

  • michael.landis@wustl.edu

  • http://landislab.org/

  • https://twitter.com/landismj

  • computational biology, statistical inference, phylogenetics, evolution, ecology, biogeography

  • macroevolutionary questions in phylogenomics, biogeography, trait evolution, and statistical inference

Research Abstract:

Michael Landis is interested in learning how evolutionary processes behave and how Earth`s biodiversity has changed over time. His lab at Washington University develops statistical models and scientific software to search for evolutionary patterns in biological and simulated datasets. In particular, he is interested in inferring phylogenetic relationships among species, estimating historical patterns of biogeography, and learning how phenotypes evolve over millions of years. His lab focuses research towards macroevolutionary questions in phylogenomics, biogeography, trait evolution, and statistical inference. To this end, the lab develops probabilistic models of evolution, writes open source and community-minded software to analyze those models, and tests evolutionary hypotheses by fitting those models to biological and simulated datasets.

Selected Publications:

Landis, MJ, EJ Edwards, & MJ Donoghue. 2019. Modeling phylogenetic biome shifts on a planet with a past. bioRxiv, 832527.

Field, DJ, JS Berv, AY Hsiang, R Lanfear, MJ Landis, and A Dornburg. 2019. Timing the extant avian radiation: The rise of modern birds, and the importance of modeling molecular rate variation. PeerJ, doi.org/10.7287/peerj.preprints.27521v1.

Landis, MJ, WA Freyman, & BG Baldwin. 2018. Retracing the silversword radiation despite phylogenetic, biogeographic, and paleogeographic uncertainty. Evolution, 72:2343-2359.

Landis, MJ and JG Schraiber. 2017. Pulsed evolution shaped modern vertebrate body sizes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 114:13224-13229.

Landis, MJ. 2017. Biogeographic dating of speciation times using paleogeographically informed processes. Systematic Biology, 66:128-144.

Last Updated: 6/15/2021 4:47:06 PM

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