John Huelsenbeck, Professor

Closed (1) A web-based interface for RevBayes

Applications for Fall 2018 are now closed for this project.

RevBayes is a collaboratively-written program that is used by biologists to estimate phylogenies (graphs representing the relationships of organisms) from DNA sequences. The program is quite general and allows the biologist to tailor the assumptions of the analysis to the data at hand. RevBayes implements a language, called Rev, that specifies the model. The problem: the language is quite complex, akin to a computer programming language. This project would simplify the work of many biologists by providing a web interface for generating scripts that could be read in by the RevBayes program.

The undergraduate researcher would have a lot of discretion in terms of which language to use. In collaboration with Professor Huelsenbeck, the undergraduate researcher would learn about the theory and practice of phylogeny estimation. At the same time, he or she would make a valuable contribution to the biological community.

Qualifications: The student should have experience in designing web sites.

Weekly Hours: to be negotiated