Fieldwork in Suriname: 4 Feb 2014
Jake and Neil are collecting Heliconius in Suriname.
Neil Rosser joins the group: 15 Sept 2013
Following his PhD at UCL, Neil joins the group as a NERC-funded postdoc studying speciation of H. elevatus and H. pardalinus.
NERC funding for genomics: 19 June 2013
We have been awarded a New Investigator Research grant to investigate "The importance of gene flow in speciation of Heliconius". The focus of this grant will be on H. elevatus and H. pardalinus.
BBSRC funding for LepBase: 17 April 2013
We have been awarded a grant from BBSRC's Bioinformatics and Biological Resources fund for developing LepBase: a lepidopteran genomic database. Most of the funding will go to Mark Blaxter in Edinburgh, but Chris Jiggins and I are co-investigators.
We study speciation in the Lepidoptera. In particular, we are interested in the genetic and ecological causes of speciation in Heliconius butterflies. Heliconius is a genus of Neotropical butterflies, with species showing great variation in wing colour patterns within species, as well as remarkable colour pattern mimicry between species.