Insect Evolutionary Ecology
This research theme focuses on understanding how both micro- and macro-evolutionary processes shapes the lives of insects.
Many topics studied encompass how insects adapt to changes in their environment, including:
- the evolution of resistance to natural and synthetic insecticides
- the genetic basis of migration
- behavioural plasticity in the context of parental care and sexual selection
- sexual selection and sexual conflict in insect adaptation
- the evolution of insect eusociality
- macroevolution of arthropod organ systems
- the role of transposable elements in insect evolution
We make use of recent advances in genomics/transcriptomics and post-genomic functional approaches to study molecular evolution through to function. Our research utilises laboratories in the SERSF and Stella Turk buildings, plus a new experimental entomology facility for working on major crop pest and GMOs.