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School of Biological and Behavioural Sciences

Marcus Hicks


PhD Student



Project Title: How do Amazonian butterflies (specifically Panacea Prola) adapt to natural seasonal cycles and how will this help them to cope with anthropogenic climate change?


I am using Amazonian butterflies to study the patterns and mechanisms of adaptation to seasonality, in particular reproductive diapause and migration.

At the community level, I will test responses of diversity and abundances to seasonality, identify key environmental drivers using climate data, and test the role of reproductive diapause as adaptation to the dry season.

In the migratory species Panacea prola, I will identify patterns, mechanisms and environmental drivers of seasonal migration, combining genomics with ecological data.



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