How environmental constraints influence the dynamics of a population and its evolution


Project ideas for EPSRC-funded PhD Studentships at Exeter

We are welcoming applicants to Exeter's EPSRC DTP who want to pursue their PhD in our group and those of wonderful colleagues. You will need to apply with a project proposal, and here are two ideas:   Modelling viruses in crowded biological environments – from...

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New old website

First news post after such a memorable year! While group life and research went on, our website fell silent, got hacked, and found a new home in 2020:

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About the Lab

We are interested in how the physical world shapes the dynamics in biological systems. We currently focus on the role of the environment on the evolutionary dynamics of populations expanding into new habitats.

We use a variety of models, mostly borrowed from physics, simulation techniques and protocols necessary to make quantitative measurements. Our current model system of choice is bacteriophage T7 spreading on a lawn of the bacterium E. coli.


Möbius W*, Tesser F*, Alards KMJ, Benzi R, Nelson DR, and Toschi F. (2019)
The collective effect of finite-sized inhomogeneities on the spatial spread of populations in two dimensions, arXiv:1910.05332.
* Authors contributed equally.

Beller DA, Alards KMJ, Tesser F, Mosna RA, Toschi F, and Möbius W, Evolution of populations expanding on curved surfaces, EPL, 2018.

Chacón JM, Möbius W, and Harcombe WR, The spatial and metabolic basis of colony size variation, ISME J, 2018.

Weinstein BT, Lavrentovich MO, Möbius W, Murray AW, and Nelson DR, Genetic drift and selection in many-allele range expansions, PLoS Computational Biology, 2017.

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I'm very excited to advertise this collaborative EPSRC DTP PhD project with @WolframMoebius to understand the dynamics of viral infection & evolution in plant tissue:  Interested applicants should contact Wolfram or myself for more info.  Deadline 25 Jan

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