We are a group of evolutionary biologists working on the causes and consequences of species diversity. In terms of causes, we are interested in speciation and why some lineages diversify into more species than others. A particular focus is evolution without sex. In terms of consequences, we want to know how diversity affects the evolutionary dynamics of species living in complex ecosystems.
To answer these questions we:
- Collect field, molecular and genome data for a range of animals, plants and bacteria
- Devise statistical methods to quantify patterns and processes of diversification
- Look for general trends using meta-analyses of data from the literature
- Develop new theory and computer simulations of evolution in complex systems
- Study evolution in action in laboratory mesocosms
- Work on strange creatures like bdelloid rotifers to uncover deep insights