Recent publications



Recent publications



Feiner, N., Jackson, I.S.C., Stanley, E., & Uller, T. Evolution of the locomotor skeleton in Anolis lizards reflects the interplay between ecological opportunity and phylogenetic inertia. Nat Commun, 12:1525

Feiner, N., Brun-Usan, M., Uller, T. Evolvability and evolutionary rescue. Evol Dev, e12374



Feiner, N., Jackson, I.S.C., Munch, K. L., Radersma, R., & Uller, T. Plasticity and evolutionary convergence in the locomotor skeleton of Greater Antillean Anolis lizards. eLife, 9:e57468

Radersma, R., Noble, D.W.A., & Uller, T. Plasticity leaves a phenotypic signature during local adaptation. Evol Lett, 4:360-370

Yang, W., Feiner, N., Laakkonen, H., Sacchi, R., Zuffi, M.A.L., Scali, S., While, G.M., Uller, T. Spatial variation in gene flow across a hybrid zone reveals causes of reproductive isolation and asymmetric introgression in wall lizards. Evolution 74:1289-1300

Brun-Usan, M., Thies, C., Watson, R.A. How to fit in: The learning principles of cell differentiation. PloS Comput Biol 16:e1006811

Feiner, N., de Souza-Lima, S., Jorge, F., Naem, S., Aubret, F., Uller, T. & Nadler S. Vertical transmission of a nematode from female lizards to the brains of their offspring. Am Nat 195:918-926

Feiner, N., Munch, K. L., Jackson, I.S.C., & Uller, T. Enhanced locomotor performance on familiar surfaces is uncoupled from morphological plasticity in Anolis lizards. J Exp Zool Part A, 2020: 1-11

Helanterä, H. & Uller, T. Different perspectives on non-genetic inheritance illustrate the versatile utility of the Price equation in evolutionary biology. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 375

Uller, T., Feiner, N., Radersma, R., Jackson, I.S.C. & Rago, A. Developmental plasticity and evolutionary explanations. Evol Dev 22:47-55

Jackson, I.S.C. Developmental bias in the fossil record. Evol Dev 22:88-102



Feiner, N. Evolutionary lability in Hox cluster structure and gene expression in Anolis lizards. Evol Lett, 21:218-228

Feiner, N. & Wood, N.J. Lizards possess the most complete tetrapod Hox gene repertoire despite pervasive structural changes in Hox clusters. Evol Dev, 21: 218-228 

Feiner, N., Motone, F., Meyer, A. & Kuraku, S. Asymmetric paralog evolution between the “cryptic” gene Bmp16 and its well-studied sister genes Bmp2 and Bmp4. Sci Rep, 9: 3136

Noble, D.W.A., Radersma, R. & Uller, T. Plastic responses to novel environments are biased towards phenotype dimensions with high additive genetic variation. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, 116: 13452-13461

Uller, T., Laakkonen, H., Michaelides, S., While, G.M., Coulon, A. & Aubret, F. Genetic differentiation predicts body size divergence between island and mainland populations of common wall lizards (Podarcis muralis). Biol J Linnean Soc, 127: 771–786

Rago, A., Kouvaris, K., Uller, T. & Watson, R.A. How adaptive plasticity evolves when selected against. PLoS Comput Biol, 15: e1006260

Andrade, P., Pinho, C., Pérez I de Lanuza, G., Afonso, S., Brejcha, J., Rubin, C-J., Wallerman, O., Pereira, P., Sabatino, S.J., Bellati, A., Pellitteri-Rosa, D., Bosakova, Z., Bunikis, I., Carretero, M.A., Feiner, N., Marsik, P., Paupério, F., Salvi, D., Soler, L., While, G.M., Uller, T., Font, E., Andersson, L. & Carneiro, M. Regulatory changes in pterin and carotenoid genes underlie balanced color polymorphisms in the wall lizard. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, 116: 5633-5642

Pettersen, A.K., White, C.R., Bryson‐Richardson, R.J. & Marshall, D.J. Linking life‐history theory and metabolic theory explains the offspring size‐temperature relationship. Ecol Lett, 22:518-526



Michaelides, S., Hill, P., Laakkonen, H. & Uller, T. The origin of common wall lizards (Podarcis muralis) in Wales. Herpetol Bull, 146: 32-33

Tobi, E.W., van den Heuvel, J., Zwaan, B.J., Lumey, L.H., Heijmans, B.T. & Uller, T. Selective survival of embryos can explain DNA methylation signatures of adverse prenatal environments. Cell Rep, 25: 2660-2667

Radersma, R., Hegg, A., Noble, D.W.A., Uller, T. Timing of maternal exposure to toxic cyanobacteria and offspring fitness in Daphnia magna: Implications for the evolution of anticipatory maternal effects. Ecol Evol, 8: 12727-12736

Yang, W., While, G.M., Laakkonen, H., Sacchi, R., Zuffi, M.A.L., Scali, S., Salvi, D. & Uller, T. Genomic evidence for asymmetric introgression by sexual selection in the common wall lizard. Mol Ecol, 27: 4213-4224

Uller, T., Moczek, A.P., Watson, R.A., Brakefield, P.M. & Laland, K.N. Developmental Bias and Evolution: A Regulatory Network Perspective. Genetics, 209: 949-966

Noble, D.W.A., Stenhouse, V., Riley, J.L., Warner, D.A. While, G.M., Du, W-G., Uller, T. & Schwanz, L.E. A comprehensive database of thermal developmental plasticity in reptiles. Sci Data, 5: 180138

While, G.M., Noble, D.W.A., Uller, T., Warner, D.A., Riley, J.L., Du, W-G & Schwanz, L.E. Patterns of developmental plasticity in response to incubation temperature in reptiles. J Exp Zool Part A, 2018: 1-15

Feiner, N., Rago, A., While, G.M. & Uller, T. Developmental plasticity in reptiles: Insights from temperature‐dependent gene expression in wall lizard embryos. J Exp Zool Part A, 329: 351-361

Uller, T. & Helanterä, H. Niche construction and conceptual change in evolutionary biology. Br J Philos Sci: axx050

Feiner, N., Rago, A., While, G.M. & Uller, T. Signatures of selection in embryonic transcriptomes of lizards adapting in parallel to cool climate. Evolution, 72: 67-81



Botterill-James, T., Halliwell, B., McKeown, S., Sillince, J. Uller, T., Wapstra, E. & While, G.M. Family aggression in a social lizard. Sci Rep 7:3502

Botterill-James, T., Sillince, J., Uller, T., Chapple, D.G., Gardner, M.G., Wapstra, E. & While, G.M. Experimental manipulation suggests effect of polyandry but not mate familiarity on within-pair aggression in the social skink, Liopholis whitii. Behav Ecol Sociobiol 71:71

Cordero, G.A., Andersson, B.A., Souchet, J., Micheli, G., Noble, D.W.A., Gangloff, E.J., Uller, T. & Aubret, F. Physiological plasticity in lizard embryos exposed to high altitude. J Exp Zool Part A 327:423-432

Halliwell, B., Uller, T., Holland, B.R. & While, G.M. Live bearing promotes the evolution of sociality in reptiles. Nat Comm, 8: 2030

Halliwell, B., Uller, T., Wapstra, E. & While, G.M. Resource distribution mediates social and mating behavior in a family living lizard. Behav Ecol 28:145-153

Halliwell, B., Uller, T., Chapple, D.G., Gardner, M.G., Wapstra, E. & While, G.M. Habitat saturation promotes delayed dispersal in a social reptile. Behav Ecol 2017 28:515-522

Kasper C., Vierbuchen M., Ernst U., Fischer S., Radersma R., Raulo A., Cunha-Saraiva F., Wu M., Mobley K., Taborsky B. Genetics and developmental biology of cooperation. Mol Ecol 26:4364-4377

MacGregor, H.E.A., Lewandowsky, R.A.M., d’Ettorre, P., Leroy, C., Davies, N.W., While, G.M. and Uller, T. Chemical communication, sexual selection, and introgression in wall lizards. Evolution 71:2327-2343

MacGregor, H.E.A., While, G.M. & Uller, T. Comparison of reproductive investment in native and non-native populations of lizards reveal sex differences in adaptive potential. Oikos 126:1564-1574

MacGregor, H.E.A., While, G.M., Barrett, J., Perez I de Lanuza, G., Carazo, P., Michaelides, S. & Uller, T. Experimental contact zones reveal causes and targets of sexual selection in hybridizing lizards. Funct Ecol 2017 31:742-752

Milligan N.D., Radersma R., Cole E.F., Sheldon B.C. To graze or gorge: consistency and flexibility of individual foraging tactics in tits. J Anim Ecol 86:826-836

Radersma R., Garroway C.J., Santure A.W., De Cauwer I., Farine D.R., Slate S., Sheldon B.C. Social and spatial effects on genetic variation between foraging flocks in a wild bird population. Mol Ecol 26:5807-5819

While, G.M. & Uller, T. Female reproductive investment in response to male phenotype in wall lizards and its implications for introgression. Biol J Linn Soc 121:876-882



Botterill-James, T., Halliwell, B., Barnes, E., Uller, T., Wapstra, E. & While, G.M. Habitat Structure Influences Parent-Offspring Association in a Social Lizard. Front Ecol Evol 4:96

Crates, R.A., Firth, J.A., Farine, D.R., Garroway, C.J., Kidd, L.R., Aplin, L.M., Radersma, R., Milligan, N.D., Voelkl, B., Culina, A., Verhelst, B.L., Hinde, C.A., Sheldon, B.C. Individual variation in winter supplementary food consumption and its consequences for reproduction in wild birds. J Avian Biol 47:678-689

English, S., Fawcett, T.W., Higginson, A.D., Trimmer, P. & Uller, T. Adaptive use of information during growth can explain long-term effects of early-life experiences. Am Nat 187:620-632

English, S. & Uller, T. Does early-life diet affect lifespan? A meta-analysis across experimental studies. Biol Lett 12:20160291

English, S. & Uller, T. Nutrition, Epigenetics and Health: Evolutionary Perspectives. In Nutrition, Epigenetics and Health. (eds G. Burdge & K. Lillycrop), WorldPress

Feiner, N. Accumulation of transposable elements in Hox gene clusters during adaptive radiation of Anolis lizards. Proc R Soc Lond B 283:20161555

Heathcote, R., MacGregor, H., Sciberras, J., While, G.M., D’Ettorre, P. & Uller, T. Male behaviour drives assortative reproduction during the initial stage of secondary contact in lizards. J Evol Biol 29:1003-1015

Kuraku, S., Feiner, N., Keeley, S. & Yuichiro, H. Incorporating tree-thinking and evolutionary time scale into developmental biology. Dev Growth Differ 58:131–142

Lagisz, M., Blair, H., Kenyon, P., Uller, T., Raubenheimer, D. & Nakagawa, S. Little appetite for obesity: meta-analysis of the effects of maternal obesogenic diets on offspring food intake and body mass in rodents. Int J Obes 39:1669-78

Michaelides, S., While, G.M., Zajac, N., Aubret, F., Calsbeek, B., Sacchi, R., Zuffi, M.A.L. & Uller, T. Loss of genetic diversity and increased embryonic mortality in non-native lizards. Mol Ecol 25:4113–4125

Paredes, U., Radersma, R., Cannell, N., While, G.M. & Uller, T. Low incubation Temperature induces DNA hypo-methylation in lizard brains. J Exp Zool 325:390-395

Uller, T. External funding of doctoral education: Background and reflection. Högre Utbildning 6:65-75

Uller, T. & Helanterä, H. Heredity in evolutionary theory. In Challenges to Evolutionary Biology: Development and Heredity (eds. P. Huneman & D. Walsh), Oxford University Press, forthcoming. Download pdf here

van den Heuvel, J., English, S. & Uller, T. Disposable soma and the evolution of maternal effects on ageing. PLoS One 11:e0145544



Aplin, L.M., Firth, J.A., Farine, D.R., Voelkl, B., Crates, R.A., Culina, A., Garroway, C.J., Hinde, C.A., Kidd, L.R., Psorakis, I., Milligan, N.D., Radersma, R., Verhelst, B.L., Sheldon, B.C. Consistent individual differences in the social phenotypes of wild great tits, Parus major.  Anim Behav 108:117-127

Bregman, T.P., Lees, A.C., Seddon, N., MacGregor, H.E.A., Darski, B., Aleixo, A., Bonsall, M.B. & Tobias, J.A. Species interactions regulate the collapse of biodiversity and ecosystem function in tropical forest fragments. Ecology 96:2692-2704

Culina, A., Radersma, R. & Sheldon, B.C. Trading up: the fitness consequences of divorce in monogamous birds. Biol Rev 90:1015-1034

Cordero, G.A. & Quinteros, K. Skeletal remodeling suggests the turtle’s shell is not an evolutionary straitjacket. Biol Lett 11:20150022

English, S., Pen, I.R., Shea, N. & Uller, T. The information value of non-genetic inheritance in plants and insects. PLoS One 10:e0116996

Farine, D.R., Firth, J.A., Aplin, L.M., Crates, R.A., Culina, A., Garroway, C.J., Hinde, C.A., Kidd, L.R., Milligan, N.D., Psorakis, I., Radersma, R., Verhelst, B., Voelkl, B., Sheldon, B.C. The role of social and ecological processes in structuring animal populations: a case study from automated tracking of wild birds. R Soc Open Sci 2:150057

Heathcote, R.J.P, Dawson, D.A. & Uller, T. Characterisation of nine microsatellite loci of utility across lineages of the European wall lizard (Podarcis muralis). Cons Genet Resources 7:85-87

Laakkonen, H.M., Strelkov P. & Väinölä R. Molecular lineage diversity in the nearly-cosmopolitan Hiatella (Mollusca, Bivalvia): assessing inter-oceanic relationships on multiple timescales. Zool Scripta 44:83-402

Laland, K.L., Uller, T, Feldman, M., Sterelny, K., Müller, G.B., Moczek, A., Jablonka, E. & Odling-Smee, J. The extended evolutionary synthesis: its structure, core assumptions, and predictions. Proc R Soc Lond B 282:20151019

Michaelides, S., Cornish, N., Griffiths, R. Groombridge, J., Zajac, N., Walters, G.J., Aubret, F., While, G.M. & Uller, T. Phylogeography and conservation genetics of the common wall lizard, Podacris muralis, on islands at its northern range limit. PLoS One 10:e0117113

Michaelides, S., While, G.M., Zajac, N. & Uller, T. Widespread primary, but geographically restricted secondary, human introductions of wall lizards, Podarcis muralis. Mol Ecol 24:2702-2717

Psorakis, I., Voelkl, B., Garroway, C.J., Radersma, R., Aplin, L.M., Crates, R.A., Culina, A., Farine, D.R., Firth, J.A., Hinde, C.A., Kidd, L.R., Milligan, N.D., Roberts, S.J., Verhelst, B. & Sheldon, B.C. Inferring social structure from temporal data. Behav Ecol Sociobiol 69:857-866

Radersma, R. & Sheldon, B.C. A new permutation technique to explore and control for spatial autocorrelation. Methods Ecol Evol 6:1026-1033

Radersma, R., Komdeur, J. & Tinbergen, J.M. Early morning fledging improves recruitment in Great Tits Parus major. Ibis 157:351-355

Sepil, I., Radersma, R., Santure. A.W., De Cauwer, I., Slate, J., Sheldon, B.C. No evidence for MHC class I based disassortative mating in a wild population of great tits. J Evol Biol 28:643-654

Svendsen, J.C., Tirsgaard, B., Cordero, G.A. & Steffensen, J.F. Intraspecific variation in aerobic and anaerobic locomotion: gilthead sea bream (Sparus aurata) and Trinidadian guppy (Poecilia reticulata) do not exhibit a trade-off between maximum sustained swimming speed and minimum cost of transport. Front Physiol 6:1-12

Uller, T., English, S. & Pen, I. When is incomplete epigenetic resetting in germ cells favoured by natural selection? Proc R Soc Lond B 282: 20150682

Uller, T. & Helanterä, H. Towards an evolutionary developmental biology of cooperation? Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 48:267-271

Uller, T. & While, G.M. 2015. Evolutionary ecology of reproductive investment in lizards. In Reproductive Biology and Phylogeny of Lizards and Tuatara (eds. J.L. Rheubert, D.S. Siegel & S.E. Trauth), CRC Press

Waggoner, M. & Uller, T. Epigenetic determinism in science and society. New Genet Soc 34:177-195

Wen, G., Yang, W., Fu J. Population genetic structure and species status of Asiatic Toads (Bufo gargarizans) in Western China. Zool Sci 32: 427-434

While, G.M., Halliwell, B. & Uller, T. Evolution of complex social organisation in lizards.  In Reproductive Biology and Phylogeny of Lizards and Tuatara (eds. J.L. Rheubert, D.S. Siegel & S.E. Trauth). CRC Press

While, G.M., Michaelides, S., Heathcote, R.J.P., MacGregor, H.E.A., Zajac, N., Beninde, J., Carazo, P., Pérez i de Lanuza, G., Sacchi, R., Zuffi, M.A.L., Horváthová, T., Fresnillo, B., Schulte, U., Veith, M., Hochkirch A. & Uller, T. Sexual selection drives asymmetric introgression in wall lizards. Ecol Lett 18:1366-1375

*While, G.M., Williamson, J., Prescott, G., Horvathova, T., Fresnillo, B., Beeton, N.J., Halliwell, B., Michaelides, S. & *Uller, T. Adaptive responses to cool climate promotes persistence of a non-native lizard. Proc R Soc Lond B 282:20142638

*equal contribution