Lab News

Fieldwork in Peru: 19 Mar 2015
Kanchon joins Neil and Lucie in Peru for a couple of weeks, and is impressed by the insectaries, plants and, most of all, the crosses.

Lucie Queste gets a PhD position: 13 Feb 2015
Lucie gets a competitively funded NERC PhD place to continue in the group, working on Heliconius flight.

Masters student Lucie Queste joins: 1 Sept 2014
Lucie joins the group to carry out a Masters by Research on Heliconius reproductive barriers.

HFCs with RAD data: 2 Mar 2014
Our PNAS paper is out. Inbreeding depression in the wild demonstrated using RAD data.

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.


The Dasmahapatra Group

elevatus hindwing ray
We are based in the Department of Biology at the University of York.

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.

With the publication of the Heliconius melpomene genome, we are now using genomic approaches to investigate the process of speciation. See research and publications pages for further details.

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