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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Recent publications listed in research@st-andrews
Parker, D, Wiberg, RAW, Trivedi, U, Tyukmaeva, VI, Gharbi, K, Butlin, RK, Hoikkala, A, Kankare, M & Ritchie, M 2018, 'Inter- and intra-specific genomic divergence in Drosophila montana shows evidence for cold adaptation' Genome Biology and Evolution, vol In press. DOI: 10.1093/gbe/evy147