The contribution of statistical physics to evolutionary biology Journal Article


Author(s): de Vladar, Harold P; Barton, Nicholas H
Article Title: The contribution of statistical physics to evolutionary biology
Affiliation IST Austria
Abstract: Evolutionary biology shares many concepts with statistical physics: both deal with populations, whether of molecules or organisms, and both seek to simplify evolution in very many dimensions. Often, methodologies have undergone parallel and independent development, as with stochastic methods in population genetics. Here, we discuss aspects of population genetics that have embraced methods from physics: non-equilibrium statistical mechanics, travelling waves and Monte-Carlo methods, among others, have been used to study polygenic evolution, rates of adaptation and range expansions. These applications indicate that evolutionary biology can further benefit from interactions with other areas of statistical physics; for example, by following the distribution of paths taken by a population through time
Journal Title: Trends in Ecology and Evolution
Volume: 26
Issue 8
ISSN: 0169-5347
Publisher: Cell Press  
Date Published: 2011-01-01
Start Page: 424
End Page: 432
Sponsor: ERC-2009-AdG Grant for project 250152.
URL:
DOI: 10.1016/j.tree.2011.04.002
Notes: We would like to thank J.P. Bollback, R. Cipriani, J. Hermisson, J. Polechova and D. Weissman for their comments and observations.
Open access: yes (repository)
IST Austria Authors
  1. Nick Barton
    252 Barton
  2. Harold P. de Vladar
    18 Vladar
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