Statistical Physics of Evolution
- Event time: 11:30am until 12:30pm
- Event date: 24th May 2017
- Speaker: Dr Martin Carballo Pacheco (School of Physics & Astronomy, University of Edinburgh)
- Location: Room 2511, James Clerk Maxwell Building (JCMB) (James Clerk Maxwell Building (JCMB)) James Clerk Maxwell Building Peter Guthrie Tait Road Edinburgh EH9 3FD GB
In this talk, I will discuss the analogies between evolution and statistical physics. For example, the sites in a gene can be seen as the degrees of freedom in statistical physics, such as positions and momenta of particles in a gas. These genes will mutate and evolve and eventually reach a maximum in "free fitness", which is equivalent to the minimization of free energy in statistical physics. I will mostly follow the work of Sella and Hirsch . If time permits, I will also discuss the role ergodicity plays in understanding evolutionary dynamics .
 Sella, G. and Hirsch, A.E., "The application of statistical physics to evolutionary biology", Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 102, 9541 (2005).
 McLeish T.C.B, "Are there ergodic limits to evolution? Ergodic exploration of genome space and convergence", Interface Focus 5, 20150041 (2015).
This is a roughly weekly series of didactical blackboard talks focussing on some theoretical aspect of Condensed Matter, Biological, and Statistical Physics..