Dr Karl Wotton
Senior Lecturer in the Genetics of Migration and Royal Society University Research Fellow


My research focuses on the spectacular long-distance migrations of hoverflies, an economically important group of insects that provide dual ecosystem services of pollination and biological control of crop pests. Understanding the movement of these insects offers major opportunities to improve agricultural practices and to deepen our understanding of the genetics of migration. My research identifies the origin, evolution and function of migratory characteristics, an approach that unites the fields of genetics, developmental biology, behaviour and ecology. Further information is available on the lab website: www.hoverflymigration.com.

​New PhD opportunity to studying amazing biology in beautiful mountain passes in the Alps and Pyrenees 


2007 PhD Evolutionary Developmental Biology, University of Oxford
2002 BSc Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology, University of Sussex


2008-2015 Postdoctoral researcher, EMBL/CRG Research Unit in Systems Biology, Spain
2010 Visiting Researcher, University of Chicago, USA
2007-2008 Postdoctoral researcher, King's College London

Contact details

Tel+44 (0)1326 25 4118
AddressDaphne du Maurier Building
University of Exeter
Penryn Campus
TR10 9FE
Office hours

My office hours are 14:00-15:00 on Mondays and Wednesdays.

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