Steven Kelk's homepage

I am an Associate Professor at the Department of Data Science and Knowledge Engineering (DKE) at Maastricht University in the Netherlands, where I am the area coordinator of the Algorithms, Complexity and Optimization (ALGOPT) group. My contact details are here. I was vice-chair of the Maastricht Young Academy (MYA) from 2017-2019.

Between 2004 and 2010 I was a postdoc in the Life Sciences cluster of the Centrum voor Wiskunde en Informatica (CWI) in Amsterdam, in the subgroup Combinatorial Problems in Biology. I obtained my PhD in late 2003 from the Algorithms and Computational Complexity Research Group at the University of Warwick. My supervisor was Leslie Goldberg.

My main research interests are graph theory, phylogenetics, fixed parameter tractability, approximation algorithms and (more generally) combinatorial optimization within computational biology. Here is a short video about my research.

Outside university I am active on issues relating to public services and social justice, particularly housing and education, and I am a board member of Housing Association Soweto.

Maastricht students: I am also available for bachelor and masters projects, see these slides for my preferred generic research topics. More detailed topics will be announced each year via the Bachelor/Master thesis coordinators.
2018 Lorentz workshop: Lorentz Center workshop

The Future of Phylogenetic Networks

 15 – 19 October 2012
Leiden, Netherlands

       Scientific organizers:
  • Leo van Iersel (Amsterdam)
  • Steven Kelk (Maastricht)
  • David Morrison (Uppsala)
  • Leen Stougie (Amsterdam)
Follow-up in July 2014! Click image below:


(see also my Google Scholar and DBLP pages -- note that DBLP only indexes my computer science publications, some bio(informatics) and math publications are missing.)

Links to pages of some regular co-authors

Links to books (etc.) about phylogenetic networks

Software for phylogenetic networks (and trees) - and related topics

Miscellaneous scientific links

Miscellaneous publications

Miscellaneous political links

Random stuff

Last updated: 25th November 2021.