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Ms Lucy Holloway

Ms Lucy Holloway

Ms Lucy Holloway

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Measuring and interpreting convergence in molecular data

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Convergent evolution at the morphological level is generally considered a consequence of adaptation to a common lifestyle.  Convergence also happens at the molecular level, but the extent of this is unclear.  I my research I hope to understand the forces that underpin molecular convergence and how it should be measured, and to develop a framework for the 'Laws of Convergence'.

I aim to investigate how common convergence is in molecular datasets, whether it is more common within certain lineages, whether specific parts of the genome are more prone to convergent evolution, and to what extent adaptive evolution underpins the origin of molecular convergences.


I gew up in Bristol before studying Anthropology as an undergraduate at Durham university.  After graduating I returned to Bristol and trained as a secondary school maths teacher, completing my PGCE in 2008.  I then spent four years teaching in Bristol and two years teaching in China in a city near Shanghai called Wuxi.  On returning to the UK I decided to return to the study of evolution and the ancient past and enrolled on the MSc Palaeobiology course here at Bristol University.  I completed the MSc in September 2015 and am now starting my PhD studies.


  • phylogenetic methods
  • phylogenetic relationships
  • macroevolution
  • systematics
  • palaeobiology



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