Our Research Group explores the relationships between organisms and their changing environment, working at scales from global to sub-cellular, whilst considering also behavioural and evolutionary plasticity.
The primary interests of the group are the role of evolution in shaping species relationships with their environment, the role of behaviour in modifying individual variation, and the impact of environmental change, particularly global climatic change and anthropogenic habitat alteration, on species.
To inform the development of biodiversity conservation strategies resilient to climatic change (and the many other pressures causing biodiversity loss), we apply simulation models to predict the impacts of such changes on biodiversity. Statistical and mechanistic models are being developed and applied to make robust predictions of the responses of species and ecosystems to environmental change.
Yuan Y, Zhang Y, Zhang P, Liu C, Wang J, Gao H, Hoelzel AR, Seim I, Lv M, Lin M, Dong L, Gao H, Yang Z, Caruso F, Lin W, da Fonseca RR, Wang D, Wang X, Rasmussen MH, Liu M, Zheng J, Zhao L, Campos PF, Kang H, Iversen M, Song Y, Guo X, Guo J, Qin Y, Pan S, Xu Q, Meng L, A Y, Liu S, Lee SMY, Liu X, Xu X, Yang H, Fan G, Wang K, Li S. (2021) Comparative genomics provides new insights into the aquatic adaptations of mammals.PNAS118 e2106080118
De Clerck, Olivier Kao, Shu-Min Bogaert, Kenny A. Blomme, Jonas Foflonker, Fatima Kwantes, Michiel Vancaester, Emmelien Vanderstraeten, Lisa Aydogdu, Eylem Boesger, Jens Califano, Gianmaria Charrier, Benedicte Clewes, Rachel Del Cortona, Andrea D’Hondt, Sofie Fernandez-Pozo, Noe Gachon, Claire M. Hanikenne, Marc Lattermann, Linda Leliaert, Frederik Liu, Xiaojie Maggs, Christine A. Popper, Zoë A. Raven, John A. Van Bel, Michiel Wilhelmsson, Per K.I. Bhattacharya, Debashish Coates, Juliet C. Rensing, Stefan A. Van Der Straeten, Dominique Vardi, Assaf Sterck, Lieven Vandepoele, Klaas Van de Peer, Yves Wichard, Thomas & Bothwell, John H. (2018). Insights into the Evolution of Multicellularity from the Sea Lettuce Genome. Current Biology 28(18): 2921-2933.e5.