Phylogenetics of microbiome

All multicellular plants, animals and fungi have associated microbial communities and these microbiomes are implicated in host health and day-to-day biological functions. Microbes are obtained from a variety of sources, including the environment, parents, conspecifics, other animals or plants. Studies have shown, however, that there is phylogenetic signal in the microbiomes of different host individuals or species. This project will look at the strength of this signal with simulated and real data, and also develop methods to reconstruct phylogenies using the microbial community composition of different hosts.