Jeremy M. Beaulieu
My research is mainly focused on applying large phylogenies to comparative data to better understand broad patterns across flowering plants. My initial interest in this area involved compiling large datasets of plant functional traits to uncover physiological, ecological, and evolutionary associations with genome size. More recently, I have been developing new approaches to large tree construction and new comparative methods to gain insights into the evolution of the Campanulidae (i.e., campanulids, or the clade formerly known as the "asterids II"), a large flowering plant clade comprised of some 35,000 species. By combining biogeographic history with morphological character information my hope is to better understand patterns of lineage diversification and its consequences on the distribution of biodiversity. Google scholar. CV is here.
Daniel is an evolutionary biologist interested in phylogenetic comparative methods of trait evolution. The main driver of his research is to evaluate and develop novel ways to investigate the evolution of complex phenotypes applied across the tree of life in a variety of biological systems. His recent work involves comparative methods for multivariate data, multilayered phenotypes and fitting predictor functions to macroevolutionary patterns. Link to Daniel's website is here.
According to James, he "uses trees to study trees, but only some of the leaves of my trees are trees. the rest are herbs."