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 178 /dk/atira/pure/researchoutput/status/published available) for mgr (source: University of St Andrews PURE)
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A genome-wide investigation of adaptive signatures in protein-coding genes related to tool behaviour in New Caledonian and Hawaiian crows Nicolas Dussex, Verena E. Kutschera, Gavin R. Hunt, Russell D. Gray, Kim Rutherford, Hideaki Abe, Robert C. Fleischer, Michael Gordon Ritchie, Christian Rutz, Jochen B.Wolf, Neil J. Gemmell
Molecular Ecology 2021 vol. 30 pp. 973-986
Experimental evolution supports signatures of sexual selection in genomic divergence Paris Veltsos, Rhonda Snook, Michael Gordon Ritchie
Evolution Letters 2021 vol. 5 pp. 214-229
Sex-specific responses to cold in a very cold-tolerant, northern Drosophila species Tapio Envall, Michael Gordon Ritchie, Maaria Kankare
Heredity 2021
Dinner and a show Felipe M. Vigoder, Alejandra S. Araki, Antonio Bernardo de Carvalho, Reginaldo P. Brazil, Michael Gordon Ritchie
Infection Genetics and Evolution 2020 vol. 85
Does the response of D. melanogaster males to intrasexual competitors influence sexual isolation? Lucas Marie-Orleach, Annui M. Sanz, Nathan William Bailey, Michael Gordon Ritchie
Behavioral Ecology 2020 vol. 31 pp. 487-492
Field cricket genome reveals the footprint of recent, abrupt adaptation in the wild Sonia Pascoal, Judith E. Risse, Xiao Zhang, 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
Genomic analysis of European Drosophila melanogaster populations reveals longitudinal structure, continent-wide selection, and previously unknown DNA viruses Martin Kapun, Maite G. Barrón, Fabian Staubach, Darren J. Obbard, Jorge Vieira, Clément Goubert, Omar Rota-Stabelli, Maaria Kankare, María Bogaerts-Márquez, Annabelle Haudry, Lena Waidele, Iryna Kozeretska, Elena G. Pasyukova, Volker Loeschcke, Marta Pascual, Cristina P. Vieira, Svitlana Serga, Catherine Montchamp-Moreau, Jessica Abbott, Patricia Gibert, Damiano Porcelli, Nico Posnien, Alejandro Sánchez-Gracia, Sonja Grath, Élio Sucena, Alan O. Bergland, Maria Pilar Garcia Guerreiro, Banu Sebnem Onder, Eliza Argyridou, Lain Guio, Mads Fristrup Schou, Bart Deplancke, Cristina Vieira, Michael Gordon Ritchie, Bas J. Zwaan, Eran Tauber, Dorcas J. Orengo, Eva Puerma, Montserrat Aguadé, Paul Schmidt, John Parsch, Andrea J. Betancourt, Thomas Flatt, Josefa González
Molecular Biology and Evolution 2020 vol. 37 pp. 2661-2678
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
Sexual selection and population divergence III John Hunt, Christopher Mitchell, Michael Gordon Ritchie, Nathan William Bailey
Journal of Evolutionary Biology 2020 vol. 33 pp. 990-1005
Within-population sperm competition intensity does not predict asymmetry in conpopulation sperm precedence Martin D. Garlovsky, Michael Gordon Ritchie, Rhonda R. Snook
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. B, Biological Sciences 2020 vol. 375