I am interested in the relationships between development, heredity and evolution. This means that I take an ecological and developmental perspective when I ask, and hopefully answer, evolutionary questions. Evolutionary processes are often best understood when studied directly, and the research in my group often targets contemporary populations as they encounter and adapt (or fail to adapt) to novel biotic or abiotic environments. Our study systems include lizards, frogs, birds and, more recently, water fleas (Daphnia), which are good models to study how development can contribute to evolution in laboratory settings. We use a range of tools from genomics to comparative and meta-analytical methods. Several projects make use of mathematical modelling to predict or interpret phenotypic evolution. A developmental perspective on phenotypic evolution also raises several important conceptual issues. Clarifying these is a major focus of ongoing work and motivates empirical projects. Examples of recent research projects are listed to the right, please click if you want more information.
Want to join the group? For opportunities please see www.ullergroup.se or contact tobias [dot] uller [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se (tobias [dot] uller [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se )
(fetched from Lund University's publications database)
- Adaptive responses to cool climate promotes persistence of a non-native lizard.
- Egernia lizards
- Epigenetic determinism in science and society
- Phylogeography and conservation genetics of the common wall lizard, Podarcis muralis, on islands at its northern range.
- Sexual selection drives asymmetric introgression in wall lizards.
- The extended evolutionary synthesis: its structure, assumptions and predictions.
- The information value of non-genetic inheritance in plants and animals.
- When is incomplete epigenetic resetting in germ cells favoured by natural selection?
- Widespread primary, but geographically restricted secondary, human introductions of wall lizards, Podarcis muralis
- Are ant supercolonies crucibles of a new major transition in evolution?
- Evolutionary perspectives on transgenerational epigenetics
- Neutral and adaptive explanations for an association between caste-biased gene expression and rate of sequence evolution.
- Promiscuity resolves constraints imposed by population viscosity
- Quo vadis amphibia? Global warming and breeding phenology in frogs, toads and salamanders
- The scent of sun worship: basking experience alters scent mark composition in male lizards
- The Extended Evolutionary Synthesis
- Non-genetic Inheritance and Evolution
- Causes and Consequences of Hybridization
- Population Genetics and Adaptation in Alien Species
- Ecological Epigenetics
- Evolution of Polymorphisms
- Ecology and Evolution of Social Complexity
Doctoral students and postdocs
I am currently about to move to Lund from University of Oxford. For details about DPhil students and postdocs in my previous research group based at the Edward Grey Institute, please click here