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Landscape Genomics of Damselflies in Scotland and Indonesia

  • Full or part time
    Dr L Lancaster
    Dr C Gubry-Rangin
    Dr Meis Nangoy
    Dr Racheal Dudaniec
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

Odonates (damselflies and dragonflies) are charismatic insects which exhibit a diversity of colour forms and adaptations to ecological conditions. Previous research suggests that, within this order of insects, genetic factors relating to metabolism, colour vision, and thermal physiology are associated with patterns of divergent, local adaptation across ecological gradients. However, few studies have explicitly compared the genomics of adaptation between tropical and temperate species. Such differences may be very important for predicting global responses to environmental change.

For this project, the student will have the opportunity to conduct fieldwork in Scotland and in Indonesia (on the island of Sulawesi) to collect specimens and environmental data. NGS sequencing technologies will then be used to understand how tropical vs. temperate Odonates respond evolutionarily to gradients in land use, climate, and species richness. This project will provide unparalleled opportunities to network with scientists in multiple countries (Indonesia, Scotland, England, and Australia) as part of a team to characterise patterns of local adaptation and how they diverge in temperate vs. tropical systems, within a group of dynamic, keystone freshwater species.

Funding Notes

This PhD studentship is only open to sponsored students and those who have their own funding. Supervisors will not be able to respond to requests to source funding.

To submit an application please visit View Website
-State the name of the lead supervisor on your application
-State the name of the project when asked for a studentship title

Please note that we will not proceed with applications that have not stated their funding source.


Dudaniec, R.Y, Yong, C.J., Lancaster, L.T., Svensson, E.I., Hansson, B. (2018) Signatures of local adaptation along environmental gradients in a range‐expanding damselfly (Ischnura elegans). Molecular Ecology 27: 2576-2593

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