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Professor David Bryant

(PhD)Generic Silhouette

Director of Computational Modelling (COMO)
Vice-president of the New Zealand Mathematical Society
Fellow of the Royal Society of NZ


Office: Science III, room 515
Tel +64 3 479 7889
Email david.bryant@otago.ac.nz

About

David Bryant is a world leader in the development of mathematical tools for inferring evolutionary relationships among biological organisms. He has made significant theoretical and practical contributions to phylogenetics — the field of biology studying the reconstruction of evolutionary history. His research has been highly cited and applied to a diverse range of different areas, including early bacterial evolution, plant ecology, rapid identification of pathogens and even the origins of the fairy tales! He was joint winner of the 2016 New Zealand Mathematics Society Research Award.

Prior to coming to Otago, David was an associate professor at McGill University, Montreal, and then at the University of Auckland.

Teaching responsibilities

His teaching responsibilities include:

Research Interests

  • Evolutionary Biology, phylogenetics and population genetics
  • Metric geometry and mathematical diversities
  • Computational Bayesian statistics

See David Bryant's Google Scholar profile for more details.

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Publications

Stoltz, M., Stoltz, G., Obara, K., Wang, T., & Bryant, D. (2021). Acceleration of hidden Markov model fitting using graphical processing units, with application to low-frequency tremor classification. Computers & Geosciences, 156(104902). doi: 10.1016/j.cageo.2021.104902

Stoltz, M., Baeumer, B., Bouckaert, R., Fox, C., Hiscott, G., & Bryant, D. (2021). Bayesian inference of species trees using diffusion models. Systematic Biology, 70(1), 145-161. doi: 10.1093/sysbio/syaa051

Collienne, L., Elmes, K., Fischer, M., Bryant, D., & Gavryushkin, A. (2021). Discrete coalescent trees. Journal of Mathematical Biology, 83, 60. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s00285-021-01685-0

Bryant, D., Cioica-Licht, P., Clark, L., & Young, R. (2021). Inner products for convex bodies. Journal of Convex Analysis. Advance online publication.

Bryant, D., Nies, A., & Tupper, P. (2021). Fraïssé limits for relational metric structures. Journal of Symbolic Logic. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1017/jsl.2021.65

Stoltz, M., Stoltz, G., Obara, K., Wang, T., & Bryant, D. (2021). Acceleration of hidden Markov model fitting using graphical processing units, with application to low-frequency tremor classification. Computers & Geosciences, 156(104902). doi: 10.1016/j.cageo.2021.104902

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Stoltz, M., Baeumer, B., Bouckaert, R., Fox, C., Hiscott, G., & Bryant, D. (2021). Bayesian inference of species trees using diffusion models. Systematic Biology, 70(1), 145-161. doi: 10.1093/sysbio/syaa051

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Collienne, L., Elmes, K., Fischer, M., Bryant, D., & Gavryushkin, A. (2021). Discrete coalescent trees. Journal of Mathematical Biology, 83, 60. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s00285-021-01685-0

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Bryant, D., Cioica-Licht, P., Clark, L., & Young, R. (2021). Inner products for convex bodies. Journal of Convex Analysis. Advance online publication.

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Bryant, D., Nies, A., & Tupper, P. (2021). Fraïssé limits for relational metric structures. Journal of Symbolic Logic. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1017/jsl.2021.65

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Wu, P., Bryant, D., & Tupper, P. (2021). Negative-type diversities, a multi-dimensional analogue of negative-type metrics. Journal of Geometric Analysis, 31, 1703-1720. doi: 10.1007/s12220-019-00321-0

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Bryant, D., & Scornvacca, C. (2019). An O(n log n) time algorithm for computing the path-length distance between trees. Algorithmica, 81, 3692-3706. doi: 10.1007/s00453-019-00594-5

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Kapust, N., Nelson-Sathi, S., Schönfeld, B., Hazkani-Covo, E., Bryant, D., Lockhart, P. J., … Martin, W. F. (2018). Failure to recover major events of gene flux in real biological data due to method misapplication. Genome Biology & Evolution, 10(5), 1198-1209. doi: 10.1093/gbe/evy080

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Larcombe, M. J., Jordan, G. J., Bryant, D., & Higgins, S. I. (2018). The dimensionality of niche space allows bounded and unbounded processes to jointly influence diversification. Nature Communications, 9, 4258. doi: 10.1038/s41467-018-06732-x

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Balvočiūtė, M., Bryant, D., & Spillner, A. (2017). When can splits be drawn in the plane? SIAM Journal on Discrete Mathematics, 31(2), 839-856. doi: 10.1137/15M1040852

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Bryant, D., Nies, A., & Tupper, P. (2017). A universal separable diversity. Analysis & Geometry in Metric Spaces, 5, 138-151. doi: 10.1515/agms-2017-0008

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Hiscott, G., Fox, C., Parry, M., & Bryant, D. (2016). Efficient recycled algorithms for quantitative trait models on phylogenies. Genome Biology & Evolution, 8(5), 1338-1350. doi: 10.1093/gbe/evw064

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Mehta, R. S., Bryant, D., & Rosenberg, N. A. (2016). The probability of monophyly of a sample of gene lineages on a species tree. PNAS, 113(29), 8002-8009. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1601074113

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Nelson-Sathi, S., Sousa, F. L., Roettger, M., Lozada-Chávez, N., Thiergart, T., Janssen, A., Bryant, D., … Martin, W. F. (2015). Origins of major archaeal clades correspond to gene acquisitions from bacteria. Nature, 517(7532), 77-80. doi: 10.1038/nature13805

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Ku, C., Nelson-Sathi, S., Roettger, M., Sousa, F. L., Lockhart, P. J., Bryant, D., … Martin, W. F. (2015). Endosymbiotic origin and differential loss of eukaryotic genes. Nature, 524, 427-432. doi: 10.1038/nature14963

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Leigh, J. W., & Bryant, D. (2015). Monte Carlo strategies for selecting parameter values in simulation experiments. Systematic Biology, 64(5), 741-751. doi: 10.1093/sysbio/syv030

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Leigh, J. W., & Bryant, D. (2015). POPART: Full-feature software for haplotype network construction. Methods in Ecology & Evolution, 6(9), 1110-1116. doi: 10.1111/2041-210X.12410

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Holder, M. T., Lewis, P. O., Swofford, D. L., & Bryant, D. (2014). Variable tree topology stepping-stone marginal likelihood estimation. In M.-H. Chen, L. Kuo & P. O. Lewis (Eds.), Bayesian phylogenetics: Methods, algorithms, and applications. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.

Chapter in Book - Research

Bryant, D., & Tupper, P. F. (2014). Diversities and the geometry of hypergraphs. Discrete Mathematics & Theoretical Computer Science, 16(2), 1-20.

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Bryant, D. (2014). Statistical flaws undermine pre-Columbian chicken debate. PNAS, 111(35), E3584. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1410797111

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Bryant, D., & Kydd, J. (2013). Forty years of model-based phylogeography. In C. Chauve, N. El Mabrouk & E. Tannier (Eds.), Models and algorithms for genome evolution (Computational Biology Vol. 19). (pp. 17-28). London, UK: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4471-5298-9

Chapter in Book - Research

White, D. J., Bryant, D. J., & Gemmell, N. J. (2013). How good are indirect tests at detecting recombination in human mtDNA? Genes Genomes Genetics, 3(7), 1095-1104. doi: 10.1534/g3.113.006510

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Bryant, D., & Tupper, P. F. (2012). Hyperconvexity and tight-span theory for diversities. Advances in Mathematics, 231(6), 3172-3198. doi: 10.1016/j.aim.2012.08.008

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Bryant, D., Bouckaert, R., Felsenstein, J., Rosenberg, N. A., & Choudhury, A. R. (2012). Inferring species trees directly from biallelic genetic markers: Bypassing gene trees in a full coalescent analysis. Molecular Biology & Evolution, 29(8), 1917-1932. doi: 10.1093/molbev/mss086

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Storey, A. A., Athens, J. S., Bryant, D., Carson, M., Emery, K., deFrance, S., Higham, C., … Walter, R., & Matisoo-Smith, E. (2012). Investigating the global dispersal of chickens in prehistory using ancient mitochondrial DNA signatures. PLoS ONE, 7(7), e39171. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0039171

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Bryant, D., & Klaere, S. (2012). The link between segregation and phylogenetic diversity. Journal of Mathematical Biology, 64(1-2), 149-162. doi: 10.1007/s00285-011-0409-5

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Siekmann, I., Wagner, L. E., Yule, D., Fox, C., Bryant, D., Crampin, E. J., & Sneyd, J. (2011). MCMC estimation of Markov models for ion channels. Biophysical Journal, 100(8), 1919-1929. doi: 10.1016/j.bpj.2011.02.059

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Dagan, T., Roettger, M., Bryant, D., & Martin, W. (2010). Genome networks root the tree of life between prokaryotic domains. Genome Biology & Evolution, 2, 379-392. doi: 10.1093/gbe/evq025

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Gray, R. D., Bryant, D., & Greenhill, S. J. (2010). On the shape and fabric of human history. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 365(1559), 3923-3933. doi: 10.1098/rstb.2010.0162

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Bryant, D., & Steel, M. (2009). Computing the distribution of a tree metric. IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology & Bioinformatics, 6(3), 420-426. doi: 10.1109/tcbb.2009.32

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Bryant, D. (2009). Hadamard phylogenetic methods and the n-taxon process. Bulletin of Mathematical Biology, 71(2), 339-351. doi: 10.1007/s11538-008-9364-8

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Bryant, D., Moulton, V., & Spillner, A. (2007). Consistency of the Neighbor-Net algorithm. Algorithms for Molecular Biology, 2, 8. doi: 10.1186/1748-7188-2-8

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Bryant, D., & Dress, A. (2007). Linearly independent split systems. European Journal of Combinatorics, 28(6), 1814-1831. doi: 10.1016/j.ejc.2006.04.007

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Bruen, T. C., Philippe, H., & Bryant, D. (2006). A simple and robust statistical test for detecting the presence of recombination. Genetics, 172(4), 2665-2681. doi: 10.1534/genetics.105.048975

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Huson, D. H., & Bryant, D. (2006). Application of phylogenetic networks in evolutionary studies. Molecular Biology & Evolution, 23(2), 254-267. doi: 10.1093/molbev/msj030

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Bryant, D., & Lagergren, J. (2006). Compatibility of unrooted phylogenetic trees is FPT. Theoretical Computer Science, 351(3), 296-302. doi: 10.1016/j.tcs.2005.10.033

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Lepage, T., Lawi, S., Tupper, P., & Bryant, D. (2006). Continuous and tractable models for the variation of evolutionary rates. Mathematical Biosciences, 199(2), 216-233. doi: 10.1016/j.mbs.2005.11.002

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