Dr Lesley Lancaster
PhD, University of California Santa Cruz, 2008. Dissertation title: Maternal Effects as Adaptations for Organizing Alternative Social and Antipredator Strategies.
Postdoctoral Fellow, National Center for Ecological Ananlysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), 2009-2012. Project title: Macroevolutionary causes of regional and habitat-based biodiversity gradients.
Postdoctoral associate, Lund University, 2012-2013. Project title: Adaptation at range limits in Ischnura elegans.
Lecturer, University of Aberdeen, 2013-
Memberships and Affiliations
My research focuses on evolution under climate change, and evolutionary processes associated with geographic range limits. I am interested in how social and behavioral factors interact with changing ecological conditions to faciliate or hinder evolutionary change and macroevolutionary processes associated with geographic range shifts and habitat shifts.
Recent work focuses on niche evolution and population- and community-level processes associated with climate change and invasions. My current study systems include Scottish damselflies (Odonata), experimental evolution in seed beetles (Callosobruchus maculatus), and woodland arthropods across Great Britain.
See the Lancaster Lab website for more information and opportunities to join the lab: http://lancasterlab.weebly.com
Erik Svensson (Lund University, Sweden), Barry Sinervo (UC Santa Cruz, USA), Bengt Hansson (Lund University, Sweden), Kathleen Kay (UC Santa Cruz, USA), Andrew McAdam (University of Guelph, Canada), Emma Goldberg (University of Minnesota, USA).
Funding and Grants
2016 - Royal Society research grant, "Biotic consequences of environmental thermal anomalies: an experimental approach using dams." £15,000.
2015 - NERC iCASE PhD studentship award, "Native biodiversity in human-impacted habitats: Applying NGS technology to arthropod assemblages in semi-natural and plantation oak woodlands.” £87,000.
2015 - BBSRC EASTBIO PhD studentship award, "Experimental niche evolution in seed beetles." In partnership with Mike Ritchie, U. St. Andrews (second supervisor). £95,000.
2014 - NERC NBAF Pilot sequencing award, "Migration, fragmentation, and adaptation: Evolutionary dynamics of altitudinal range expansions." £6,000.
Courses I coordinate:
Introduction to Ecological Field Methods in Northern Scotland, a field course for MSc stidents in Ecology and Environmental Sustainability
Behavioural Biology, a 3rd-year course focusing on the ecology and evolution of animal behaviour.
My teaching philosophy at the undergraduate level is to encourage critical assessment of central topics during extensive interactive class discussions and in-class activities. I expect to reward students who broaden their understanding of course material with wider reading of the primary literature and applying critical thought to what they have read.
At the masters level, I believe strongly in learning while doing, and provide students opportunities to learn from the real challenges encountered during field work in the sometimes challenging but always spectacular conditions of Scotland's north coast.
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The Missing Link in the Biogeographic Reconstruction: Accounting for Lineage Extinction Improves the AnalysisJournal of BiogeographyContributions to Journals: Articles
Evolution of resource generalism via generalized stress response confers increased reproductive thermal tolerance in a pest beetleBiological Journal of the Linnean SocietyContributions to Journals: Articles
The importance of eco-evolutionary dynamics for predicting and managing insect range shiftsCurrent Opinion in Insect Science, vol. 52, 100939Contributions to Journals: Articles
Getting lost in the matrix? On how the characteristics and arrangement of linear landscape elements influence ecological connectivityLandscape EcologyContributions to Journals: Articles
Population demography maintains biogeographic boundariesEcology Letters, vol. 25, no. 8, pp. 1905-1913Contributions to Journals: Articles
Fauxcurrence: simulating multi-species occurrences for null models in species distribution modelling and biogeographyEcography, e05880Contributions to Journals: Articles
Latitudinal clines in sexual selection, sexual size dimorphism, and sex-specific genetic dispersal during a poleward range expansionJournal of Animal Ecology, vol. 91, no. 6, pp. 1104-1118Contributions to Journals: Articles
Understanding climate change response in the age of genomicsJournal of Animal Ecology, vol. 91, no. 6, pp. 1056-1063Contributions to Journals: Editorials
On the macroecological significance of eco-evolutionary dynamics: the range shift-niche breadth hypothesisPhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, vol. 377, no. 1846, 20210013Contributions to Journals: Review articles
In Memoriam: Barry Sinervo 1961-2021Evolution, vol. 76, no. 2, pp. 385-390Contributions to Journals: Comments and Debates