Reading Evolutionary Biology Group - Current Research


Speciation

We are interested in the question of whether speciation accelerates evolution at the molecular level, causing punctuational bursts of evolution. We are interested in the mechanisms by which this may occur, including sampling effects or bottlenecks, rapid adaptive evolution, and discrete genetic mechanisms that may promote rapid speciation of small groups. These include hybridization, polyploidy, chromosomal rearrangements or karyotypic change, and behavioural mechanisms such as pollinator or host switching.

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