Will Pett

From MolEvol


About me

I am currently a postdoc in Tracy Heath’s lab at Iowa State University, where in 2014 I also received my PhD in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology studying animal mtDNA with Dennis Lavrov. In between, I spent some time as a postdoc with Nicolas Lartillot at the Laboratoire de Biométrie et Biologie Évolutive in Lyon, France. My research interests include animal phylogeny, models of genome evolution, and Bayesian phylogenetics methods using MCMC.


Department of Ecology Evolution and Organismal Biology
251 Bessey Hall
Ames, Iowa 50011

Email: willpett@iastate.edu

Selected Publications

Pisani, D., Pett, W., Dohrmann, M., Feuda, R., Rota-Stabelli, O., Philippe, H., ... & Wörheide, G. (2015). Genomic data do not support comb jellies as the sister group to all other animals. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 112(50), 15402-15407. doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1518127112

Pett, W., Adamski, M., Adamska, M., Francis, W. R., Eitel, M., Pisani, D., & Wörheide, G. (2019). The role of homology and orthology in the phylogenomic analysis of metazoan gene content. Molecular biology and evolution, 36(4), 643-649. doi.org/10.3109/19401736.2011.624611

Pett, W., Ryan, J. F., Pang, K., Mullikin, J. C., Martindale, M. Q., Baxevanis, A. D., & Lavrov, D. V. (2011). Extreme mitochondrial evolution in the ctenophore Mnemiopsis leidyi: insight from mtDNA and the nuclear genome. Mitochondrial DNA, 22(4), 130-142. doi.org/10.1093/molbev/msz013