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Hannah hands in her thesis!                                                Dec 14thpale_line

Hannah's thesis is a detailed study of the causes and consequences of sexual selection during secondary contact in wall lizards. Two of the chapters are published - in Ecology Letters and Functional Ecology - and the other two will hopefully be accepted shortly. Hannah is formally a University of Tasmania student so she cannot look forward to a public defense but we hope the two examiners will like what they read. We certainly did! Many congratulations, Hannah!


Webpage launch!                                                                   Dec 13thpale_line

The Extended Evolutionary Synthesis webpage is now up and running. In addition to keeping you up to date with the research funded by our grant, the blogs, visual and audio are useful resources for those interested in the relationships between development, ecology, and evolution.

Please also check out Geoff’s and Erik’s webpage at the University of Tasmania, which has beautiful photos and information on our collaborative projects on skinks and wallies.


Alfredo Rago joins us as postdoc!                                            Nov 3rdpale_line

alfredo_ragoAs pointed out by Scott Gilbert, the environment is a “normal agent of development”. But how do organisms evolve to integrate features of the environment into their development? And how does that affect their ability to evolve further? These are some of the questions that Alfredo will address in his research, which is a close collaboration with computer scientist Richard Watson at the University of Southampton. We are very excited to have Alfredo here on what promises to be an outstanding project! Read more...


Are jumping genes driving the radiation of Anolis lizards?    Oct 13thpale_line

A new study by Nathalie Feiner brings a fresh perspective on the famous adaptive radiation of Anolis lizards. The paper, published this week in the Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B, reveals that speciation events are accompanied by accumulation of DNA sequences that can copy and paste themselves within the genome. Such transposable elements (TEs), popularly referred to as jumping genes, have long been suspected to contribute to evolutionary diversification. Read more...


Evolution of Loci workshop in Paris                                          Oct 4thpale_line

In September Antonio participated in the Loci of Evolution meta-analysis workshop. The aim of the workshop was to brainstorm ideas for the use and improvement of Gephebase - a database created by Arnaud Martin (George Washington University) and Virginie Orgogozo (Institut Jacques Monod). Read more...


8th World Congress of Herpetology in China                        Sept 21stpale_line

The World Congress of Herpetology (WCH) is held every four years, and this time it took place close to Hangzhou, whcin China, from August 15-20, 2016. Yang and Nathalie participated in the congress and Tobias was on the scientific committee. Read more...


English wall lizards look inbred                                            Aug 30thpale_line

Our new paper in Molecular Ecology makes use of 21 introductions of wall lizards into England to show how founder history affects the loss of genetic diversity. We also show that early embryonic mortality is very high in non-native populations compared to native ones. Read more...


Euro Evo Devo meeting                                                           Aug 5thpale_line

The group was well represented at the 2016 Euro Evo Devo meeting in a beautiful and sunny Uppsala. Nathalie gave a talk on the role of transposable elements in the Anolis lizard radiation, and Antonio presented results from his PhD thesis, which reveal how some turtles evolved the ability to withdraw their heads into the shell. Read more...


New group members!                                                            July 21stpale_line

Alex2We welcome new PhD student Alexander Hegg! Alex will be working on phenotypic plasticity and non-genetic inheritance in water fleas. What is the origin of mechanisms of non-genetic inheritance, how do they evolve, and what does it all mean for the ability of Daphnia to rapidly adapt to novel environments? These are the questions that Alex will address in his research – we look forward to see what answers he’ll give us! Konstantinos Plavos also joins us for his MSc project. Co-supervised by Panayiotis Pafilis at the University of Athens, Konstantinos’ aim is to establish the phylogeographic pattern of ventral colour polymorphism in wall lizards, and to test some ideas about what could maintain this variation.


Summer Lab News in Brief                                                       July 6thpale_line

Several lab members participated in the Mediterranean Lizards meeting in Cyprus, while others are still busy with field work in the Pyrenees. Back in Lund the Anolis baby boom continues with twelve species breeding, and in the Daphnia room hundreds of water flea mothers are doing their best to make their kids locally adapted. Read about our summer news...


Congrats Prof. Tobias                                                             June 29thpale_line

TProfCakeobias has been promoted to Professor of Evolutionary Biology! The whole group congratulates Tobias for reaching this milestone, we know you are just in the beginning of an excellent career :-)!



Open PhD position                                                               April 28thpale_line

Are you interested in the relationship between developmental plasticity, maternal effects and evolution? If you also have a strong interest in evolutionary theory and a background in ecology you should consider applying. The details on the position and how to apply can be found here. For informal enquiries, please email Tobias.


Fieldwork completed                                                            April 26th

Now on its fifth year, the spring field trip to Italy surely counts as a tradition. But for Hanna and Yang it was the first one and finally they got to see where all those DNA samples come from! This year we were also very much helped by Italian colleagues and despite some bad weather towards the end of the trip, we completed two new transects across the hybrid zones.  Read more...


Good news!!!                                                                           April 8thpale_line

Tobias Uller and Kevin Laland have received a £5.7 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation. The project brings together an international multi-disciplinary team of 50 world-renowned experts centered at eight institutions. The aim is to study evolution with alternative perspectives on the relationships between genes, organism, and environment. Tobias is the Project Co-Leader, making Lund University one of the main beneficiaries and a centre for the initiative. Read more...


Field season starts                                                                  April 3rdpale_line

Nathalie started the field season 2016 with an 8-day trip to Florida for her project on the evolution of limb development in Anolis lizards. After doing lab-based Anolis research for almost three years, it was about time to meet these fascinating lizards in the wild! Nathalie joined Dan Warner and his research group (University of Auburn) at their Palm Coast field site. Ten (!) Anolis species have been introduced to Florida from the Caribbean islands, which makes it a hotspot for convenient field work. Read more...


Fieldwork in Australia                                                            Dec 20thpale_line

Tobias and Nathalie have spent the last three weeks in the field in Australia working on an ARC funded project on the evolution of social complexity in lizards. The project is a collaboration led by Geoff While at the University of Tasmania, which also involves Charlie Cornwallis in Lund and several research groups in Australia. The trip included successful fieldwork in beautiful scenerys and interesting new contacts! Read more…


Congrats Dr. Sozos!                                                                Nov 20thpale_line

Sozos Michaelides successfully defended his DPhil thesis on Nov 20th at the University of Oxford. A clean pass without corrections! The external examiner Dr Jason Kolbe from Rhode Island University made the viva both challenging and fun – just like it should be. Celebrations continued well into the Oxford night with many familiar faces from the EGI and the Department of Zoology showing up to celebrate Dr Sozos. Read more…


Wall lizard meeting in Lund                                                   Nov 17thpale_line

Old and new collaborators – from Australia, England, Italy, France, Germany, Spain and Portugal – came to Lund for two days to share their results, ideas and future research plans on wall lizards. Everyone’s dedication and enthusiasm made the meeting a real success and discussions continued over drinks long after dinner. Read more…




  • Resource distribution mediates social and mating behavior in a family living lizard. Behav Ecol, in press
  • Effects of low-oxygen conditions on embryo growth in the painted turtle, Chrysemys picta. Integr Zool, in press
  • Experimental hybrid zones reveal causes and targets of sexual selection upon secondary contact. Funct Ecol, in press
  • Individual variation in winter supplementary food consumption and its consequences for reproduction in wild birds. J Avian Biol 2016 47:1-12
  • Adaptive use of information during growth can explain long-term effects of early-life experiences. Am Nat 2016 187:620-632