The Evolution Group at our Cornwall Campus has particular strengths in the evolutionary ecology of host-pathogen interactions, sexual selection and studying selection in the wild. They use experimental evolution to investigate how changes in environment or mating patterns drive rapid evolutionary adaptation in microbes and insects and high throughput sequencing to dissect evolution at the level of the gene. Current projects include studies of aging, host-parasite coevolution, the genetic basis of mimicry, parental care, selfish genes, speciation and life-history and developmental trade-offs.

Our work is closely integrated with that of the Behaviour and Ecology and Conservation group and includes attempts to measure natural and sexual selection in wild animal populations.