Andrew M. Ritchie

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Molecular estimates of evolutionary timescales have an important role in a range of biological studies. Such estimates can be made using methods based on molecular clocks, including models that are able to account for rate variation across lineages. All clock models share a dependence on calibrations, which enable estimates to be given in absolute time(More)
We collected Ectobiidae cockroach specimens from 44 locations in the south of the Yangtze valley. We obtained 297 COI sequences specimens and carried out phylogenetic and divergence dating analyses, as well as species delimitation analysis using a General Mixed Yule Coalescent (GMYC) framework. The intraspecific and interspecific sequence divergence in(More)
Defining and understanding species diversity forms the basis of a wide range of biological and conservation work. Traditional taxonomy can be complemented and accelerated using molecular methods of species delimitation, such as the widely used Generalised Mixed Yule-Coalescent (GMYC) approach. This method uses time-calibrated phylogenetic trees in order to(More)
In Bayesian phylogenetic analyses of genetic data, prior probability distributions need to be specified for the model parameters, including the tree. When Bayesian methods are used for molecular dating, available tree priors include those designed for species-level data, such as the pure-birth and birth-death priors, and coalescent-based priors designed for(More)
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