Alice Doucet Beaupré

Alice Doucet Beaupré

PhD candidate in Ecology and Evolution

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


I am a PhD candidate in the O’Dwyer lab and I am interested in developing tools and models spanning the fields of theoretical ecology, stochastic processes, microbial ecology, and unsupervised machine learning. My most recent research efforts focus on the development of an unsupervised learning algorithm at the intersection of hierarchical models, Dirichlet processes, and computational linguistics for the analysis of complex microbial communities. I am also interested in characterizing the diversification and tempo of evolution of microbial communities using novel phenomenological non-equilibrium stochastic models developed in collaboration with James O’Dwyer.


  • Phylodynamics
  • Microbial ecology
  • Computational ecology
  • Stochastic processes
  • Unsupervised learning
  • Nonparametric statistics
  • Renormalization group


  • Program in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology (PEEC), 2014-2021

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • MSc in Theoretical Physics, 2007-2009

    ETH Zürich

  • BSc in Physics, 2002-2006

    Université de Sherbrooke