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

Recent publications listed in research@st-andrews
Vigoder, FM, Parker, DJ, Cook, N, Tournière, O, Sneddon, T & Ritchie, MG 2016, 'Inducing cold-sensitivity in the frigophilic fly Drosophila montana by RNAi' PLoS One, vol 11, no. 11, e0165724. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0165724
Diao, W, Mousset, M, Horsburgh, GJ, Vermeulen, CJ, Johannes, F, van de Zande, L, Ritchie, MG, Schmitt, T & Beukeboom, LW 2016, 'Quantitative trait locus analysis of mating behavior and male sex pheromones in Nasonia wasps' G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics, vol 6, no. 6, pp. 1549-1562. DOI: 10.1534/g3.116.029074
Cunningham, CB, Ji, L, Wiberg, RAW, Shelton, J, McKinney, EC, Parker, DJ, Meagher, RB, Benowitz, KM, Roy-Zokan, EM, Ritchie, MG, Brown, SJ, Schmitz, RJ & Moore, AJ 2015, 'The genome and methylome of a beetle with complex social behavior, Nicrophorus vespilloides (Coleoptera: Silphidae)' Genome Biology and Evolution, vol 7, no. 12, pp. 3383-3396. DOI: 10.1093/gbe/evv194
Parker, DJ, Cunningham, CB, Walling, CA, Stamper, CE, Head, ML, Roy-Zokan, EM, McKinney, EC, Ritchie, MG & Moore, AJ 2015, 'Transcriptomes of parents identify parenting strategies and sexual conflict in a subsocial beetle' Nature Communications, vol 6, 8449. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms9449