The pioneering work of Ronald Fisher, Sewall Wright and others on population and evolutionary genetics has inspired many theoretical computer scientists to pursue the implementation of theoretical evolutionary biology into optimisation algorithms. These algorithms can in turn provide valuable insights on how one can go about simulating and studying real biological phenomena. As a forest engineer with a master's degree in the field of evolutionary computation, I aspire to develop models that simulate the eco-evolutionary dynamics of populations. By doing so I try to understand key processes driving the distribution of biodiversity on the planet. Specifically, I am interested in understanding how polyploid organisms can emerge and persist among diploid populations, and how such emergence disturbs the entire system in time and space.
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