David Černý

PhD student in Geophysical Sciences

University of Chicago


I am interested in the development, evaluation, and application of phylogenetic methods, using Bayesian statistics as an overarching framework and fossil as well as extant vertebrates as my model system. My current research projects include testing the performance of existing methods for diversification rate estimation on extinct clades, and developing a fast and flexible Bayesian method for estimating dated supertrees.

In 2018, I started my PhD in Geophysical Sciences at the University of Chicago, where I joined the Slater Lab to work on fossil vertebrate phylogenetics and macroevolution. My previous research experience includes paleontological and ecological fieldwork in Poland and French Polynesia, a bioinformatics internship in the Kondrashov Lab at the Centre de Regulació Genòmica in Barcelona, Spain, and undergraduate research in the Alfaro Lab at UCLA.


  • BSc in Ecology, Behavior and Evolution, 2018

    University of California, Los Angeles


Applying Lanchester’s laws to the interspecific competition of coral reef fish

Lanchester’s laws of combat are a mathematical framework describing the relative contributions of individual fighting ability and group …


Inferring macroevolutionary dynamics of extinct clades: a test using ‘bird-hipped’ dinosaurs (Ornithischia)

A number of methods have recently become available to infer rates of speciation and extinction from datasets containing or restricted …


Visualizing BEAST 2 time trees

The summary of the posterior from a Bayesian tip-dating analysis – e.g., the maximum clade credibility tree computed by TreeAnnotator …


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