Professor Alexei Drummond

BSc, PhD


Alexei completed his BSc (1996) and PhD in Bioinformatics (2002) at the University of Auckland. He then spent 3 years at the University of Oxford doing post-doctoral research in the Department of Statistics and the Department of Zoology before returning to The University of Auckland in 2005 to take up a Lecturership in Bioinformatics in the Department of Computer Science.

For more details see my webpage

Research | Current

Alexei’s research interests are centered around probabilistic models of molecular evolution and population genetics.

  • Algorithms in bioinformatics
  • Bioinformatics software development
  • Complexity theory
  • Computational modeling and analysis of genes, genomes and natural populations
  • Inference and simulation of evolutionary processes in biology

Teaching | Current

Office Hours: Mon 10am - 12

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Ogilvie, H. A., Bouckaert, R. R., & Drummond, A. J. (2017). StarBEAST2 Brings Faster Species Tree Inference and Accurate Estimates of Substitution Rates. Molecular biology and evolution, 34 (8), 2101-2114. 10.1093/molbev/msx126
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Remco Bouckaert
  • Vaughan, T. G., Welch, D., Drummond, A. J., Biggs, P. J., George, T., & French, N. P. (2017). Inferring ancestral recombination graphs from bacterial genomic data. Genetics, 205 (2), 857-870. 10.1534/genetics.116.193425
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: David Welch
  • Bouckaert, R. R., & Drummond, A. J. (2017). bModelTest: Bayesian phylogenetic site model averaging and model comparison. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 1710.1186/s12862-017-0890-6
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Remco Bouckaert
  • Gavryushkina, A., Heath, T. A., Ksepka, D. T., Stadler, T., Welch, D., & Drummond, A. J. (2017). Bayesian Total-Evidence Dating Reveals the Recent Crown Radiation of Penguins. Systematic Biology, 66 (1), 57-73. 10.1093/sysbio/syw060
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: David Welch
  • Gavryushkin, A., & Drummond, A. J. (2016). The space of ultrametric phylogenetic trees. Journal of theoretical biology, 403, 197-208. 10.1016/j.jtbi.2016.05.001
  • Kühnert D, Stadler, T., Vaughan, T. G., & Drummond, A. J. (2016). Phylodynamics with Migration: A Computational Framework to Quantify Population Structure from Genomic Data. Molecular biology and evolution, 33 (8), 2102-2116. 10.1093/molbev/msw064
  • Drummond, A. J., & Stadler, T. (2016). Bayesian phylogenetic estimation of fossil ages. Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences, 371 (1699).10.1098/rstb.2015.0129
  • Ogilvie, H. A., Heled, J., Xie, D., & Drummond, A. J. (2016). Computational Performance and Statistical Accuracy of *BEAST and Comparisons with Other Methods. Systematic Biology, 65 (3), 381-396. 10.1093/sysbio/syv118
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Walter Xie

Contact details

Primary location

Level 4, Room 479
New Zealand

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