David ČernýGraduate Student

Research Focus:
Vertebrate paleontology, macroevolution, phylogenetics
HGS 269

B.S. (Honors) in Ecology, Behavior and Evolution, 2018 (University of California, Los Angeles)

Research Interests
I am interested in using the methods of statistical phylogenetics to extract information from the fossil record and shed light on the evolution of various vertebrate groups. In particular, my interests revolve around detecting changes in the rates of diversification and trait evolution, and linking them to their possible geological and ecological causes. My research so far has focused on tackling these questions by combining paleontological and molecular data in a common statistical framework.

Selected Publications

Cerny D, Natale R. 2022. Comprehensive taxon sampling and vetted fossils help clarify the time tree of shorebirds (Aves, Charadriiformes). Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 177: 107620.

Cerny D, Madzia D, Slater GJ. 2021. Empirical and methodological challenges to the model-based inference of diversification rates in extinct clades. Syst. Biol. 71(1): 153–171.