Rosenberg lab at Stanford University

Theoretical Population Biology

Since 2013, Noah Rosenberg has been Editor-in-Chief of Theoretical Population Biology.


About TPB. An interdisciplinary journal, Theoretical Population Biology presents articles on theoretical aspects of the biology of populations, particularly in the areas of demography, ecology, epidemiology, evolution, and genetics. Emphasis is on the development of mathematical theory and models that enhance the understanding of biological phenomena.

Articles highlight the motivation and significance of the work for advancing progress in biology, relying on a substantial mathematical effort to obtain biological insight. The journal also presents empirical results and computational and statistical methods directly impinging on theoretical problems in population biology.


Stanford Report news story about the 50th anniversary of TPB.

A news story in the Stanford Medicine SCOPE blog discusses the journal with Editor-in-Chief Noah Rosenberg.


Editorials and commentaries

  • NA Rosenberg (2021) Population models, mathematical epidemiology, and the COVID-19 pandemic. Theoretical Population Biology 137: 1. [PDF]

  • NA Rosenberg (2020) Fifty years of Theoretical Population Biology. Theoretical Population Biology 133: 1-12. [Abstract] [PDF] [Supplement]

  • NA Rosenberg (2020) The 2020 Feldman Prize. Theoretical Population Biology 131: 1. [PDF] [Link]

  • L Altenberg, N Creanza, L Fogarty, L Hadany, O Kolodny, KN Laland, L Lehmann, SP Otto, NA Rosenberg, J Van Cleve, J Wakeley. Some topics in theoretical population genetics: editorial commentaries on a selection of Marc Feldman's TPB papers. Theoretical Population Biology 129: 4-8. [Abstract] [PDF] [Link]

  • AL Severson*, LH Uricchio*, IM Arbisser*, EC Glassberg, NA Rosenberg (2019) Analysis of author gender in TPB, 1991-2018. Theoretical Population Biology 127: 1-6. [PDF] [Supplement] [Link]

  • NA Rosenberg (2018) The 2018 Marcus W. Feldman Prize in Theoretical Population Biology. Theoretical Population Biology 119: 1-2. [PDF] [Link]

  • L Lehmann, NA Rosenberg (2015) Hamilton's rule: game theory meets coalescent theory. Theoretical Population Biology 103: 1. [PDF] [Link]

  • NA Rosenberg (2015) Theory in population biology, or biologically inspired mathematics? Theoretical Population Biology 102: 1-2. [PDF] [Link]

  • NA Rosenberg (2014) Core elements of a TPB paper. Theoretical Population Biology 92: 118-119. [PDF] [Link]

  • NA Rosenberg (2013) Editorial. Theoretical Population Biology 83: A2-A3. [PDF] [Link]


Research from the lab reported in TPB

  • DJ Cotter, AL Severson, NA Rosenberg The effect of consanguinity on coalescence times on the X chromosome. Theoretical Population Biology 140: 32-43 (2021). [Abstract]

  • AL Severson, S Carmi, NA Rosenberg (2021) Variance and limiting distribution of coalescence times in a diploid model of a consanguineous population. Theoretical Population Biology 139: 50-65. [Abstract]

  • A Goldberg, A Rastogi, NA Rosenberg (2020) Assortative mating by population of origin in a mechanistic model of admixture. Theoretical Population Biology 134: 129-146. [Abstract]

  • IM Arbisser, NA Rosenberg (2020) FST and the triangle inequality for biallelic markers. Theoretical Population Biology 133: 117-129. [Abstract]

  • RS Mehta, NA Rosenberg (2019) The probability of reciprocal monophyly of gene lineages in three and four species. Theoretical Population Biology 129: 133-147. [Abstract] [PDF]

  • IM Arbisser, EM Jewett, NA Rosenberg (2018) On the joint distribution of tree height and tree length under the coalescent. Theoretical Population Biology 122: 46-56. [Abstract] [PDF]

  • M DeGiorgio, NA Rosenberg (2016) Consistency and inconsistency of consensus methods for inferring species trees from gene trees in the presence of ancestral population structure. Theoretical Population Biology 110: 12-24. [Abstract] [PDF]

  • NR Garud, NA Rosenberg (2015) Enhancing the mathematical properties of new haplotype homozygosity statistics for the detection of selective sweeps. Theoretical Population Biology 102: 94-101. [Abstract] [PDF]

  • EO Buzbas, NA Rosenberg (2015) AABC: approximate approximate Bayesian computation for inference in population-genetic models. Theoretical Population Biology 99: 31-42. [Abstract] [PDF]

  • MD Edge, NA Rosenberg (2014) Upper bounds on FST in terms of the frequency of the most frequent allele and total homozygosity: the case of a specified number of alleles. Theoretical Population Biology 97: 20-34. [Abstract] [PDF]

  • EM Jewett, NA Rosenberg (2014) Theory and applications of a deterministic approximation to the coalescent model. Theoretical Population Biology 93: 14-29. [Abstract] [PDF]

  • L Huang, EO Buzbas, NA Rosenberg (2013) Genotype imputation in a coalescent model with infinitely-many-sites mutation. Theoretical Population Biology 87: 62-74. [Abstract] [PDF]

  • SM Boca, NA Rosenberg (2011) Mathematical properties of Fst between admixed populations and their parental source populations. Theoretical Population Biology 80: 208-216. [Abstract] [PDF]

  • ZA Szpiech, NA Rosenberg (2011) On the size distribution of private microsatellite alleles. Theoretical Population Biology 80: 100-113. [Abstract] [PDF]

  • EO Buzbas, P Joyce, NA Rosenberg (2011) Inference on the strength of balancing selection for epistatically interacting loci. Theoretical Population Biology 79: 102-113. [Abstract] [PDF]

  • NA Rosenberg, JH Degnan (2010) Coalescent histories for discordant gene trees and species trees. Theoretical Population Biology 77: 145-151. [Abstract] [PDF]

  • S Ramachandran, NA Rosenberg, MW Feldman, J Wakeley (2008) Population differentiation and migration: coalescence times in a two-sex island model for autosomal and X-linked loci. Theoretical Population Biology 74: 291-301. [Abstract] [PDF]

  • JM VanLiere, NA Rosenberg (2008) Mathematical properties of the r2 measure of linkage disequilibrium. Theoretical Population Biology 74: 130-137. [Abstract] [PDF]

  • M Jakobsson, NA Rosenberg (2007) The probability distribution under a population divergence model of the number of genetic founding lineages of a population or species. Theoretical Population Biology 71: 502-523. [Abstract] [PDF]

  • NA Rosenberg, PP Calabrese (2004) Polyploid and multilocus extensions of the Wahlund inequality. Theoretical Population Biology 66: 381-391. [Abstract] [PDF]

  • NA Rosenberg, AG Tsolaki, MM Tanaka (2003) Estimating change rates of genetic markers using serial samples: applications to the transposon IS6110 in Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Theoretical Population Biology 63: 347-363. [Abstract] [PDF]

  • NA Rosenberg (2002) The probability of topological concordance of gene trees and species trees. Theoretical Population Biology 61: 225-247. [Abstract] [PDF]