The contribution of statistical physics to evolutionary biology

H. de Vladar, N.H. Barton, Trends in Ecology and Evolution 26 (2011) 424–432.


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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
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Date Published
2011-08-01
Journal Title
Trends in Ecology and Evolution
Volume
26
Issue
8
Page
424 - 432
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de Vladar H, Barton NH. The contribution of statistical physics to evolutionary biology. Trends in Ecology and Evolution. 2011;26(8):424-432. doi:10.1016/j.tree.2011.04.002
de Vladar, H., & Barton, N. H. (2011). The contribution of statistical physics to evolutionary biology. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 26(8), 424–432. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2011.04.002
Vladar, Harold de, and Nicholas H Barton. “The Contribution of Statistical Physics to Evolutionary Biology.” Trends in Ecology and Evolution 26, no. 8 (2011): 424–32. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2011.04.002.
H. de Vladar and N. H. Barton, “The contribution of statistical physics to evolutionary biology,” Trends in Ecology and Evolution, vol. 26, no. 8, pp. 424–432, 2011.
de Vladar H, Barton NH. 2011. The contribution of statistical physics to evolutionary biology. Trends in Ecology and Evolution. 26(8), 424–432.
de Vladar, Harold, and Nicholas H. Barton. “The Contribution of Statistical Physics to Evolutionary Biology.” Trends in Ecology and Evolution, vol. 26, no. 8, Cell Press, 2011, pp. 424–32, doi:10.1016/j.tree.2011.04.002.

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