Work in our lab most usually focuses on trait evolution, with most emphasis on methods that allow heterogeneity over the tree. For example, O’Meara et al. (2006) developed a method that allows the rate of Brownian motion to vary over a tree. This can be used to test ideas about rate evolution (Collar et al. 2009; Collar et al. 2010) and has been cited 150 times (according to Google Scholar in Aug. 2012). This work has been extended to deal with shifting rates, strengths of attraction, and means under an Ornstein-Uhlenbeck process (Beaulieu et al. 2012). Similarly, we have developed a model for different rates of gene loss on different parts of a tree (O'Meara 2007). There is other work in review on this. A review of methods in general is also in press (O'Meara 2012b).
The fact that gene trees and containing species trees has become increasingly apparent through work by many researchers. While this is often seen as a problem, our lab used information from gene tree-species tree conflict to estimate species boundaries and a species tree simultaneously, without requiring a priori specification of potential groups (O'Meara 2010). Ongoing work in collaboration with Bryan Carstens has resulted in a draft program to broaden this approach to phylogeography.
To do something useful with a phylogeny first requires getting the phylogeny, perhaps with dates. Various publications have come from inferring trees (Driskell et al. 2004; Abercrombie et al. 2011), developing new implementations for dating trees (Smith and O'Meara 2012), and defending the need for trees (Smith and O'Meara 2009).
Abercrombie, J. M., B. C. O'Meara, A. R. Moffatt, and J. H. Williams. 2011. Developmental evolution of flowering plant pollen tube cell walls: callose synthase (CalS) gene expression patterns. EvoDevo 2:14.
Beaulieu, J. M., D.-C. Jhwueng, C. Boettiger, and B. C. O'Meara. 2012. Modeling stabilizing selection: Expanding the Ornstein- Uhlenbeck model of adaptive evolution. Evolution in press.
Collar, D. C., B. C. O'Meara, P. C. Wainwright, and T. J. Near. 2009. Piscivory Limits Diversification of Feeding Morphology in Centrarchid Fishes. Evolution 63:1557-1573.
Collar, D. C., J. A. Schulte, B. C. O'Meara, and J. B. Losos. 2010. Habitat use affects morphological diversification in dragon lizards. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 23:1033-1049.
Driskell, A. C., C. Ane, J. G. Burleigh, M. M. McMahon, B. C. O'Meara, and M. J. Sanderson. 2004. Prospects for building the tree of life from large sequence databases. Science 306:1172-1174.
Goff, S., A., M. Vaughn, S. McKay, E. Lyons, E. Stapleton Ann, D. Gessler, N. Matasci, L. Wang, M. Hanlon, A. Lenards, A. Muir, N. Merchant, S. Lowry, S. Mock, M. Helmke, A. Kubach, M. Narro, N. Hopkins, D. Micklos, U. Hilgert, M. Gonzales, C. Jordan, E. Skidmore, R. Dooley, J. Cazes, R. McLay, Z. Lu, S. Pasternak, L. Koesterke, H. Piel William, R. Grene, C. Noutsos, K. Gendler, X. Feng, C. Tang, M. Lent, S.-j. Kim, K. Kvilekval, B. S. Manjunath, V. Tannen, A. Stamatakis, M. Sanderson, M. Welch Stephen, K. Cranston, P. Soltis, D. Soltis, B. C. O'Meara, C. Ane, T. Brutnell, J. Kleibenstein Daniel, W. White Jeffrey, J. Leebens-Mack, J. Donoghue Michael, P. Spalding Edgar, J. Vision Todd, R. Myers Christopher, D. Lowenthal, J. Enquist Brian, B. Boyle, A. Akoglu, G. Andrews, S. Ram, D. Ware, L. Stein, and D. Stanzione. 2011. The iPlant Collaborative: Cyberinfrastructure for Plant Biology. Frontiers in Plant Science 2.
O'Meara, B. C. 2007. Estimating Different Rates of Gene Loss on a Tree. Genetics 177:1415-1416.
O'Meara, B. C. 2010. New Heuristic Methods for Joint Species Delimitation and Species Tree Inference. Systematic Biology 59:59-73.
O'Meara, B. C. 2012a. CRAN Task View: Phylogenetics. Version 2012-02-02, URL http://cran.r-project.org/web/views/Phylogenetics.html
O'Meara, B. C. 2012b. Evolutionary Inferences from Phylogenies: A Review of Methods. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics 43.
O'Meara, B. C., C. Ane, M. J. Sanderson, and P. C. Wainwright. 2006. Testing for different rates of continuous trait evolution using likelihood. Evolution 60:922-933.
Smith, S. A., and B. C. O'Meara. 2009. Morphogenera, monophyly, and macroevolution. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 106:E97-E98.
Smith, S. A., and B. C. O'Meara. 2012. treePL: Divergence time estimation using penalized likelihood for large phylogenies. Bioinformatics.
Stack, J. C., L. J. Harmon, and B. O'Meara. 2011. RBrownie: an R package for testing hypotheses about rates of evolutionary change. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 2:660-662.