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Dr Patrik Nosil
University of Sheffield
My research is centered on understanding the origin and maintenance of biological diversity, with a special focus on the processes which drive and constrain the formation of new species. In particular, my work tests the role of natural selection in not only driving species formation and the divergence of genomes, but also its role in constraining divergence. The approach is highly inter-disciplinary and combines computational biology, field observations, manipulative field and lab experiments, genome sequencing, and theoretical modeling. The primary study systems are plant-feeding insects, although other groups are also examined. The collective work aims to test the causes and consequences of speciation across levels of biological organization, and to solve how the speciation process unfolds from beginning to end.
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