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Dr Lengxob Yong

Dr Lengxob Yong

Research Fellow

 Tremough House MG18

 

Tremough House, University of Exeter,  Penryn Campus, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9FE, UK

As an evolutionary biologist, I am broadly interested in elucidating the mechanisms by which biodiversity is generated and maintained, particularly the molecular and evolutionary causes of sexual diversity, both behavioral and morphological, in natural populations. Currently as a postdoctoral research associate in Dr. Alastair Wilson group and in collaboration with Dr. Deborah Charlesworth (Edinburgh) and Dr. Darren Croft (Exeter), I am investigating how and why sex chromosomes evolve using the Trinidadian guppy (Poecilia reticulata), a species with young sex chromosomes and a textbook example for sexual selection studies. Using a combination of fieldwork, breeding experiments, quantitative and molecular genetics, I am examining whether male nuptial coloration and their underlying genes map to sexual antagonistic hotspots on sex chromosomes, and testing their role in sex chromosome turnover and the structural evolution of the genome.

I completed my Ph.D. with Dr. Jeffrey McKinnon, studying the evolution of female ornamentation in threespine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus) using behavioral, physiological, and genetic approaches. Because fishes are one of the most variable and species-rich vertebrates on the planet, I have primarily and extensively worked with them, including zebrafish, medakas, gobies, and cichlids, to answer fundamental evolutionary questions. 

Broad research specialisms:

  • Sexual selection/Dimorphism
  • Animal Behavior/Coloration
  • Genetic architecture of phenotypic traits
  • Morphological/Behavioral evolution

Qualifications

B.Sc./ B.A. (Biology & Psychology), Berry College
M.Sc. (Neurobiology/Behavior), Georgia State University
Ph.D. (Interdisciplinary Biology), East Carolina University

Research

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Journal articles

Yong L, Guo R, Wright DS, Pierotti MER, McKinnon JS (In Press). Correlates of red throat coloration in female stickleback and their potential evolutionary significance. Evolutionary Ecology Research, 15, 453-472.
Mokodongan DF, Montenegro J, Mochida K, Fujimoto S, Ishikawa A, Kakioka R, Yong L, Mulis, Hadiaty RK, Mandagi IF, et al (2018). Phylogenomics reveals habitat-associated body shape divergence in Oryzias woworae species group (Teleostei: Adrianichthyidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 118, 194-203. Abstract.
Yong L, Thet Z, Zhu Y (2017). Genetic editing of the androgen receptor contributes to impaired male courtship behavior in zebrafish. J Exp Biol, 220(Pt 17), 3017-3021. Abstract.  Author URL.
Yong L, Peichel CL, McKinnon JS (2015). Genetic Architecture of Conspicuous Red Ornaments in Female Threespine Stickleback. G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics, 6(3), 579-588.
Yong L, Woodall BE, Pierotti ME, McKinnon JS (2015). Intrasexual competition and throat color evolution in female three-spined sticklebacks. Behavioral Ecology, 26(4), 1030-1038.

Publications by year


In Press

Yong L, Guo R, Wright DS, Pierotti MER, McKinnon JS (In Press). Correlates of red throat coloration in female stickleback and their potential evolutionary significance. Evolutionary Ecology Research, 15, 453-472.

2018

Mokodongan DF, Montenegro J, Mochida K, Fujimoto S, Ishikawa A, Kakioka R, Yong L, Mulis, Hadiaty RK, Mandagi IF, et al (2018). Phylogenomics reveals habitat-associated body shape divergence in Oryzias woworae species group (Teleostei: Adrianichthyidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 118, 194-203. Abstract.

2017

Yong L, Thet Z, Zhu Y (2017). Genetic editing of the androgen receptor contributes to impaired male courtship behavior in zebrafish. J Exp Biol, 220(Pt 17), 3017-3021. Abstract.  Author URL.

2015

Yong L, Peichel CL, McKinnon JS (2015). Genetic Architecture of Conspicuous Red Ornaments in Female Threespine Stickleback. G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics, 6(3), 579-588.
Yong L, Woodall BE, Pierotti ME, McKinnon JS (2015). Intrasexual competition and throat color evolution in female three-spined sticklebacks. Behavioral Ecology, 26(4), 1030-1038.

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