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Thomas Kluyver PhD

Congratulations to Thomas Kluyver on his successful PhD defence on Friday. His thesis looks at the role of unconscious selection in crop domestication, and is an exciting mix of neat ideas, laboratory experiments, and hypothesis testing using large datasets, where Thomas’s skills in computing really came into their own. One of the novel aspects of this work has been the use of comparisons across centres of domestication, asking whether similar patterns occur across multiple regions where agriculture originated. The first of Thomas’s papers is already out, and the second was just accepted today by JXB. Thomas flies off this week to start a computer science postdoc at UC Berkeley, and we wish him the very best of luck in his new job.

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