School of Biological and Chemical Sciences

Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics



Our research focuses on the ecological and evolutionary aspects of population divergence, speciation and hybridisation. We have a particular strength in genomics, with staff working on diverse non-model species encompassing trees, arthropods, fishes and mammals. Key research topics include genome duplication, the early evolution of sex chromosomes, eco-evolutionary dynamics, parallel evolution, and the genomics of domestication.

Dr Yannick Wurm's research has found that pesticides affect genes in bees.


Researcher Title Department

Research Interests

Buggs, Prof Richard Professor of Evolutionary Genomics Biology

Tree, Genomics, Ash Dieback, Evolution, Ecology, Genetics

Dos Reis Barros, Dr Mario

Lecturer Biology

Computational biology, Evolution, Molecular evolution, Phylogenetics, Population genetics

Eizaguirre, Dr Christophe

Reader Biology 

Aquatic ecology, Climate change, Conservation genetics, Evolutionary ecology, Fish, Marine turtles

Elphick, Prof Maurice

Professor of Physiology and Neuroscience


Physiology, Neuroscience, Evolution, Neuropeptide, Echinoderm, Cannabinoid

Faulkes, Dr Chris

(Teaching and Scholarship)

Reader in Evolutionary Ecology Biology

African mole rats, Naked mole rats, Social evolution, Comparative sociogenomics, Rodent phylogeography, Social suppression of reproduction

Frantz, Dr Laurent

Lecturer in Molecular Genetics/Informatics


Evolution, Genetics, Speciation, Domestication

Leitch, Prof Andrew

Professor of Plant Genetics


Polyploidy, Cytogenetics, Plant genomics, Stoichiogenomics, Nicotiana, Ecology, Evolution

Nichols, Prof Richard

Professor of Evolutionary Genetics 


Genetics, Evolution, Virology, Genomics

Rossiter, Prof Stephen

Professor, Head of Biology Department 


Evolution, Ecology, Genomics, Genetics, Mammals, Bats

Wurm, Dr Yannick

Senior Lecturer in Bioinformatics 


Ants, Genomics, Evolution, Sociality, Behaviour



Wan T, Liu Z-M, Li L-F, Leitch A, Leitch I, Lohaus R, Liu Z-J, Xin H-P, Gong Y-B, Liu Y, et al (2018). A genome for gnetophytes and early evolution of seed plants. Nature Plants

Liu Y, Chi H, Li L, Rossiter S, Zhang S (2018). Molecular data support an early shift to an intermediate-light niche in the evolution of mammals. Molecular Biology and Evolution

Reis M, Gunnell G, Barba-Montoya J, Wilkins A, Yang Z, Yoder A (2018). Using phylogenomic data to explore the effects of relaxed clocks and calibration strategies on divergence time estimation: primates as a test case. Systematic Biology

NĂ­ Leathlobhair M, Perri A, Irving-Pease E, Witt K, Linderholm A, Haile J, Lebrasseur O, Ameen C, Blick J, Boyko A, et al (2018). The evolutionary history of dogs in the Americas. Science

Sollars E, Harper A, Kelly L, Sambles C, Ramirez-Gonzalez R, Swarbreck D, Kaithakottil G, Cooper E, Uauy C, Havlickova L, et al (2017). Genome sequence and genetic diversity of European ash trees. Nature

Brunner F, Anaya-Rojas J, Matthews B, Eizaguirre C (2017). Experimental evidence that parasites drive eco-evolutionary feedbacks. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

Pracana R, Priyam A, Levantis I, Nichols R, Wurm Y (2017). The fire ant social chromosome supergene variant Sb shows low diversity but high divergence from SB. Molecular Ecology

Price S, Garner T, Cunningham A, Langton T, Nichols R (2016). Reconstructing the emergence of a lethal infectious disease of wildlife supports a key role for spread through translocations by humans. Proceedings of the Royal Society B

McCarthy E, Chase M, Knapp S, Litt A, Leitch A, Le Comber S (2016). Transgressive phenotypes and generalist pollination in the floral evolution of Nicotiana polyploids. Nature Plants