Dynamics of the evolving Bolthausen-Sznitman coalescent

Jason Schweinsberg (September 15, 2011)

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Consider a population of fixed size that evolves over time. At each time, the genealogical structure of the population can be described by a coalescent tree whose branches are traced back to the most recent common ancestor of the population. This gives rise to a tree-valued stochastic process. We will study this process in the case of populations whose genealogy is given by the Bolthausen-Sznitman coalescent. We will focus on the evolution of the time back to the most recent common ancestor and the total length of branches in the tree.