Research

The team is involved in a variety of projects ranging from speciation to ecological health. We use a combination of genetics and genomics technologies together with demanding data collection in the field, often in remote (sub)tropical areas.

We are investigating the origin of species, and several of us are looking at the ecological conditions and genomic architectures that allow new species to evolve in sympatry. A lot of this research focuses on the Howea palms of Lord Howe Island near Australia, but also extends to other taxonomic and geographic systems (e.g. sharks and tunas).

We are working on large-scale patterns of biodiversity, combining phylogenetic and community-ecological approaches to understand the uneven distribution of species diversity across the globe. 

Lab facilities include the newly refurbished Royal Society Wolfson Laboratory for Ecological Synthesis.