The Evolutionary Origins of Biological Diversity

Theodosius Dobzhansky famously wrote that “nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution”. This is especially true for understanding biological diversity: research in the Centre for Biological Diversity focuses on how diversity is generated, and the evolutionary forces that maintain or erode it. The Centre for Biological Diversity has world-leading research programmes in the study of population diversification and speciation, which is the ultimate origin of biodiversity at the level of the species and above.

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Prof. Michael Ritchie
Prof. Oscar Gaggiotti
Dr. Nathan Bailey

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Key Publications

10 (of 170 /dk/atira/pure/researchoutput/status/published available) for mgr (source: University of St Andrews PURE)
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Field cricket genome reveals the footprint of recent, abrupt adaptation in the wild Sonia Pascoal, Judith E. Risse, Mark Blaxter, Timothee Cezard, Richard J. Challis, Karim Gharbi, John Hunt, Sujai Kumar, Emma Langan, Xuan Liu, Jack Gregory Rayner, Michael Gordon Ritchie, Basten L. Snoek, Urmi Trivedi, Nathan William Bailey
Evolution Letters 2020 vol. 4 pp. 19-33
Purifying selection in corvids is less efficient on islands Verena E. Kutschera, Jelmer W. Poelstra, Fidel Botero-Castro, Nicolas Dussex, Neil J. Gemmell, Gavin R. Hunt, Michael Gordon Ritchie, Christian Rutz, Jochen B.W. Wolf
Molecular Biology and Evolution 2020 vol. 37 pp. 469-474
Behavioural mechanisms of sexual isolation involving multiple modalities and their inheritance John Hunt, Christopher Mitchell, Michael Gordon Ritchie, Nathan William Bailey
Journal of Evolutionary Biology 2019 vol. 32 pp. 243-258
Evolution and diversity of the courtship repertoire in the Drosophila montium species group (Diptera: Drosophilidae) Ai-li Chen, Chuan-cheng Chen, Toru Katoh, Takehiro K. Katoh, Masayoshi Watada, Masanori J. Toda, Michael Gordon Ritchie, Shuo-yang Wen
Journal of Evolutionary Biology 2019 vol. 32 pp. 1124-1140
Selection for reproduction under short photoperiods changes diapause-associated traits and induces widespread genomic divergence Hannele Kauranen, Johanna Kinnunen, Anna-Lotta Hiillos, Pekka Lankinen, David Hopkins, Michael Gordon Ritchie, Anneli Hoikkala
Journal of Experimental Biology 2019 vol. 222
Social effects on fruit fly courtship song Lucas Marie-Orleach, Nathan William Bailey, Michael Gordon Ritchie
Ecology and Evolution 2019 vol. 9 pp. 410-416
Differential gene expression is not required for facultative sex allocation Nicola Cook, J. Green, U. Trivedi, E. Tauber, B.A. Pannebakker, Michael Gordon Ritchie, David Michael Shuker
Royal Society Open Science 2018 vol. 5
Increased socially mediated plasticity in gene expression accompanies rapid adaptive evolution Sonia Christina Marques Pascoal, Xuan Liu, Yongxiang Fang, Steve Paterson, Michael Gordon Ritchie, Nichola Rockliffe, Marlene Zuk, Nathan William Bailey
Ecology Letters 2018 vol. 21 pp. 546-556
Inter and Intraspecific genomic divergence in Drosophila montana shows evidence for cold adaptation Urmi Trivedi, Venera I. Tyukmaeva, Karim Gharbi, Roger K. Butlin, Anneli Hoikkala, Maaria Kankare, Michael Gordon Ritchie
Genome Biology and Evolution 2018 vol. 10 pp. 2086–2101
Sexual selection predicts species richness across the animal kingdom Tim Janicke, Michael Gordon Ritchie, Edward H. Morrow, Lucas Marie-orleach
Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 2018 vol. 285