|Title:||Assistant Professor; Evolution, Bioinformatics, and Entomology|
Thomas Heath Ogden, Ph.D.
I joined the Biology Department at UVU July 2009. Prior to this I was a visiting assistant professor at Idaho State University and a post-doctorate researcher at Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.
My dissertation research (Ph.D. in Integrative Biology at BYU) examined the phylogenetic relationships of the basal pterygote insect groups Ephemeroptera (maylfies) and Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies). I used DNA based information and computational methods (molecular systematics) to elucidate the evolutionalry relationships among these insects.
My basic research interests are in bioinformatics, evolutionary biology, systematics, phylogenetics, comparative genomics, and entomology. I am specifically interested in understanding sequence alignment and topology accuracy, indel models, and concurrent analysis methodologies, among other interests. I am also interested in applying my research of bioinformatics and phylogenetic methods to examine insect evolution and systematics, particularly within the basal pterygotes (mayflies, dragonflies, and damselflies), and the origin of insect flight.
Ogden Lab Research
Selected Works of T. Heath Ogden - PDF's of publications found here
Mentors and Collegues Links:
Whiting Lab - Ephemeropteran Phylogenetics