Organizing Committee

A fundamental challenge that spans nearly all areas of evolutionary biology is the development of effective techniques for analyzing the unprecedented amount of genomic data that has become readily available within the last decade. Such data present specific challenges for the area of phylogenetic inference, which is concerned with estimating the evolutionary relationships among collections of species, populations, or sequences. These challenges include development of evolutionary models that are sufficiently complex to be biologically realistic while remaining computationally tractable; deriving and implementing algorithms to efficiently estimate phylogenetic relationships that use models whose theoretical properties are well-understood and therefore interpretable; and devising ways to scale novel methodology developed to handle datasets that are increasingly large and complex.

This semester program brings together mathematicians, statisticians, computer scientists, and experimental biologists to address the challenges involved in genome-scale phylogenetic inference. An overarching goal is to unite biologically-sound modeling with algorithms that can be implemented in a computationally tractable manner and that scale as both the number of species and the amount of genetic data increase. Specific topics to be investigated include: theory and practice of model-based inference for trees and networks, combinatorial and algebraic approaches for inferring phylogenies, software and algorithm development for inference and visualization, Bayesian approaches to phylogenetic inference, models for phylogenetic diversity and node dating, and methods for assessing model fit.

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Confirmed Speakers & Participants

Talks will be presented virtually or in-person as indicated in the schedule below.

  • Speaker
  • Poster Presenter
  • Attendee
  • Virtual Attendee
  • Elizabeth Allman
    University of Alaska Fairbanks
    Sep 1-Dec 6, 2024
  • Cécile Ané
    University of Wisconsin - Madison
    Sep 8-21, 2024; Oct 13-26, 2024; Nov 10-23, 2024
  • Hector Banos
    California State University San Bernardino
    Sep 3-Dec 6, 2024
  • Mukul Bansal
    University of Connecticut
    Nov 18-22, 2024
  • Minh Bui
    Australian National University
    Nov 16-30, 2024
  • Marta Casanellas
    Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
    Oct 21-25, 2024
  • Julia Chifman
    American University
    Sep 3-Dec 7, 2024
  • Caroline Colijn
    Simon Fraser University
    Sep 16-20, 2024
  • Shelby Cox
    Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Natural Sciences
    Nov 17-Dec 6, 2024
  • Mark Curiel
    University of Hawaii at Manoa
    Sep 9-Dec 6, 2024
  • Eva Czabarka
    University of South Carolina, Columbia
    Sep 3-Dec 7, 2024
  • James Degnan
    University of New Mexico
    Sep 1-Dec 8, 2024
  • Dimitrios Diamantidis
    Indiana University, Bloomington
    Sep 3-Dec 6, 2024
  • Vu Dinh
    University of Delaware
    Sep 2-Dec 6, 2024
  • Nadia El-Mabrouk
    Universite de Montreal
    Sep 16-20, 2024
  • Péter Erdős
    Alfréd Rényi Institute of Mathematics, HUN-REN
    Sep 2-Dec 7, 2024
  • Mareike Fischer
    University of Greifswald
    Sep 14-Nov 22, 2024
  • Andrew Francis
    Western Sydney University
    Oct 21-25, 2024
  • Martin Frohn
    Maastricht University
    Sep 3-Oct 1, 2024
  • Marina Garrote-López
    Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
    Sep 3-Dec 7, 2024
  • Olivier Gascuel
    Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
    Sep 15-Nov 25, 2024
  • Gillian Grindstaff
    Oxford University
    Sep 2-Oct 4, 2024
  • Elizabeth Gross
    University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
    Sep 3-Dec 7, 2024
  • Zeyuan He
    University of Cambridge
    Sep 4, 2024-Apr 30, 2025
  • Tracy Heath
    Iowa State University
    Oct 20-26, 2024; Nov 17-23, 2024
  • Max Hill
    University of California, Riverside
    Sep 4-Dec 6, 2024
  • Mark Holder
    University of Kansas
    Oct 21-25, 2024
  • Barbara Holland
    University of Tasmania
    Oct 13-Nov 30, 2024
  • Benjamin Hollering
    Technical University of Munich
    Sep 14-21, 2024
  • Niels Holtgrefe
    Delft University of Technology
    Sep 3-Dec 7, 2024
  • Katharina Huber
    University of East Anglia
    Sep 4-Oct 4, 2024; Nov 9-Dec 6, 2024
  • Daniel Huson
    University of Tübingen
    Sep 4-21, 2024
  • Arash Jamshidpey
    Columbia University
    Sep 4-Dec 6, 2024
  • Lingling Jin
    University of Saskatchewan
    Sep 16-20, 2024
  • Mark Jones
    Delft University of Technology
    Sep 3-Dec 7, 2024
  • Mark Jones
    Delft University of Technology
    Oct 21-25, 2024
  • Joshua Justison
    Iowa State University
    Sep 1-Dec 23, 2024
  • Bryson Kagy
    North Carolina State University
    Sep 4-Nov 3, 2024
  • Sungsik Kong
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Sep 1-Dec 30, 2024
  • Laura Kubatko
    The Ohio State University
    Sep 3-Dec 7, 2024
  • Sudhir Kumar
    Temple University
    Nov 18-22, 2024
  • Brandon Legried
    Georgia Institute of Technology
    Sep 16-20, 2024
  • Paul Lewis
    University of Connecticut
    Sep 16-20, 2024
  • Simone Linz
    University of Auckland
    Sep 3-Dec 6, 2024
  • Pengyu Liu
    University of California, Davis
    Sep 4-Dec 6, 2024
  • Colby Long
    The College of Wooster
    Sep 16-20, 2024
  • Uyen Mai
    Princeton University
    Nov 18-22, 2024
  • Frederick Matsen
    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center
    Nov 18-22, 2024
  • Bui Quang Minh
    Australian National University
    Nov 18-22, 2024
  • Siavash Mirarab
    Sep 15-21, 2024; Nov 17-22, 2024
  • Jonathan Mitchell
    University of Tasmania
    Oct 19-Nov 30, 2024
  • Erin Molloy
    University of Maryland, College Park
    Nov 14-24, 2024
  • Vincent Moulton
    University of East Anglia
    Sep 4-Oct 4, 2024; Oct 21-25, 2024; Nov 9-Dec 6, 2024
  • Luay Nakhleh
    Rice University
    Nov 18-22, 2024
  • Ikenna Nometa
    University of Hawaii Manoa
    Sep 3-Dec 8, 2024
  • Brian O'Meara
    Univeristy of Tennessee, Knoxville
    Nov 18-22, 2024
  • Aïda Ouangraoua
    Université de Sherbrooke
    Nov 18-22, 2024
  • Megan Owen
    Lehman College, City University of New York
    Oct 21-25, 2024
  • Benjamin Raphael
    Princeton University
    Sep 16-20, 2024
  • John Rhodes
    University of Alaska Fairbanks
    Sep 1-Dec 1, 2024
  • Sebastien Roch
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Sep 4-Dec 6, 2024
  • Noah Rosenberg
    Stanford University
    Oct 21-25, 2024
  • Joe Rusinko
    Hobart and William Smith Colleges
    Sep 2-Dec 7, 2024
  • Charles Semple
    University of Canterbury
    Sep 3-Dec 7, 2024
  • Megan Smith
    Mississippi State University
    Oct 21-25, 2024
  • Claudia Solis-Lemus
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Nov 10-23, 2024
  • Katherine St. John
    City University of New York
    Nov 18-22, 2024
  • Katherine St. John
    City University of New York
    Sep 4-Dec 6, 2024
  • Marc Suchard
    Nov 18-22, 2024
  • Seth Sullivant
    North Carolina State University
    Sep 15-Oct 26, 2024
  • Krister Swenson
    National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)
    Sep 16-20, 2024
  • David Swofford
    University of Florida
    Sep 4-Dec 6, 2024
  • Laszlo Szekely
    University of South Carolina
    Sep 3-Dec 7, 2024
  • Benjamin Teo
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Sep 3-Dec 7, 2024
  • Jonathan Terhorst
    University of Michigan
    Sep 16-20, 2024
  • Katie Thompson
    University of Kentucky
    Sep 5-17, 2024; Oct 20-Nov 1, 2024; Nov 12-26, 2024
  • Yatish Turakhia
    University of California San Diego
    Nov 18-22, 2024
  • Leo van Iersel
    Delft University of Technology
    Sep 1-Dec 1, 2024
  • Tandy Warnow
    University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
    Sep 16-20, 2024; Nov 18-22, 2024
  • Kristina Wicke
    New Jersey Institute of Technology
    Sep 3-Dec 7, 2024
  • Tiffani Williams
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Nov 18-22, 2024
  • Ya Yang
    University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
    Sep 15-Nov 23, 2024
  • Ruriko Yoshida
    Naval Postgraduate School
    Oct 18-Nov 22, 2024
  • Guangchuang Yu
    Southern Medical University.
    Nov 18-22, 2024
  • Norbert Zeh
    Dalhousie University
    Oct 21-25, 2024
  • Rosana Zenil-Ferguson
    University of Kentucky
    Oct 21-25, 2024

Visit dates listed on the participant list may be tentative and subject to change without notice.

Application Information

ICERM welcomes applications from faculty, postdocs, graduate students, industry scientists, and other researchers who wish to participate. Some funding may be available for travel and lodging. Graduate students who apply must have their advisor submit a statement of support in order to be considered.

ICERM Funding for Fellowships
ICERM has funding available for fellowships to support faculty who attend one of our semester programs. These are often used to cover teaching buyouts so that participants can be in residence throughout a semester program. We welcome requests from those not based at R1 research universities and those based at minority-serving institutions, including HBCUs, HSIs, TCUs, and AAPISIs. The standard amount for a full semester is $25,000. Email ICERM’s Director for more information.

Your Visit to ICERM

ICERM Facilities
ICERM is located on the 10th & 11th floors of 121 South Main Street in Providence, Rhode Island. ICERM's business hours are 8:30am - 5:00pm during this event. See our facilities page for more info about ICERM and Brown's available facilities.
Traveling to ICERM
ICERM is located at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Providence's T.F. Green Airport (15 minutes south) and Boston's Logan Airport (1 hour north) are the closest airports. Providence is also on Amtrak's Northeast Corridor. In-depth directions and transportation information are available on our travel page.
Visiting ICERM for longer than a week-long workshop? ICERM staff works with participants to locate accommodations that fit their needs. Since short-term furnished housing is in very high demand, take advantage of the housing options ICERM may recommend. Contact for more details.
Those traveling with family who are interested in information about childcare and/or schools should contact
Technology Resources
Wireless internet access and wireless printing is available for all ICERM visitors. Eduroam is available for members of participating institutions. Thin clients in all offices and common areas provide open access to a web browser, SSH terminal, and printing capability. See our Technology Resources page for setup instructions and to learn about all available technology.
To request special services, accommodations, or assistance for this event, please contact as far in advance of the event as possible. Thank you.
Discrimination and Harassment Policy
ICERM is committed to creating a safe, professional, and welcoming environment that benefits from the diversity and experiences of all its participants. Brown University's "Code of Conduct", "Discrimination and Workplace Harassment Policy", "Sexual and Gender-based Misconduct Policy", and "Title IX Policy" apply to all ICERM participants and staff. Participants with concerns or requests for assistance on a discrimination or harassment issue should contact the ICERM Director or Assistant Director Jenna Sousa; they are the responsible employees at ICERM under this policy.
Fundamental Research
ICERM research programs aim to promote Fundamental Research and mathematical sciences education. If you are engaged in sensitive or proprietary work, please be aware that ICERM programs often have participants from countries and entities subject to United States export control restrictions. Any discoveries of economically significant intellectual property supported by ICERM funding should be disclosed.
Exploring Providence
Providence's world-renowned culinary scene provides ample options for lunch and dinner. Neighborhoods near campus, including College Hill Historic District, have many local attractions. Check out the map on our Explore Providence page to see what's near ICERM.

Visa Information

Contact for assistance.

Need a US Visa?
J-1 visa requested via ICERM staff
Eligible to be reimbursed
B-1 or Visa Waiver Business (WB) –if you already have either visa – contact ICERM staff for a visa specific invitation letter.
Ineligible to be reimbursed
B-2 or Visa Waiver Tourist (WT)
Already in the US?

F-1 and J-1 not sponsored by ICERM: obtain a letter approving reimbursement from the International Office of your home institution PRIOR to travel.

H-1B holders do not need letter of approval.

All other visas: alert ICERM staff immediately about your situation.

ICERM does not reimburse visa fees. This chart is to inform visitors whether the visa they enter the US on allows them to receive reimbursement for the items outlined in their invitation letter.

Financial Support

This section is for general purposes only and does not indicate that all attendees receive funding. Please refer to your personalized invitation to review your offer.

As this program is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), ICERM is required to collect your ORCID iD if you are receiving funding to attend this program. Be sure to add your ORCID iD to your Cube profile as soon as possible to avoid delaying your reimbursement.
Acceptable Costs
  • 1 roundtrip between your home institute and ICERM
  • Flights on U.S. or E.U. airlines – economy class to either Providence airport (PVD) or Boston airport (BOS)
  • Ground Transportation to and from airports and ICERM.
Unacceptable Costs
  • Flights on non-U.S. or non-E.U. airlines
  • Flights on U.K. airlines
  • Seats in economy plus, business class, or first class
  • Change ticket fees of any kind
  • Multi-use bus passes
  • Meals or incidentals
Advance Approval Required
  • Personal car travel to ICERM from outside New England
  • Multiple-destination plane ticket; does not include layovers to reach ICERM
  • Arriving or departing from ICERM more than a day before or day after the program
  • Multiple trips to ICERM
  • Rental car to/from ICERM
  • Flights on a Swiss, Japanese, or Australian airlines
  • Arriving or departing from airport other than PVD/BOS or home institution's local airport
  • 2 one-way plane tickets to create a roundtrip (often purchased from Expedia, Orbitz, etc.)
Travel Maximum Contributions
  • New England: $350
  • Other contiguous US: $850
  • Asia & Oceania: $2,000
  • All other locations: $1,500
  • Note these rates were updated in Spring 2023 and superseded any prior invitation rates. Any invitations without travel support will still not receive travel support.
Reimbursement Requests

Request Reimbursement with Cube

Refer to the back of your ID badge for more information. Checklists are available at the front desk and in the Reimbursement section of Cube.

Reimbursement Tips
  • Scanned original receipts are required for all expenses
  • Airfare receipt must show full itinerary and payment
  • ICERM does not offer per diem or meal reimbursement
  • Allowable mileage is reimbursed at prevailing IRS Business Rate and trip documented via pdf of Google Maps result
  • Keep all documentation until you receive your reimbursement!
Reimbursement Timing

6 - 8 weeks after all documentation is sent to ICERM. All reimbursement requests are reviewed by numerous central offices at Brown who may request additional documentation.

Reimbursement Deadline

Submissions must be received within 30 days of ICERM departure to avoid applicable taxes. Submissions after thirty days will incur applicable taxes. No submissions are accepted more than six months after the program end.

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