Professor Lesley Lancaster

Professor Lesley Lancaster
Professor Lesley Lancaster
Professor Lesley Lancaster

Personal Chair

Accepting PhDs



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

Internal Memberships

Ecology Research Cluster Lead

SBS Executive Committee

Academic Senator

SBS AthenaSWAN self-assessment team

External Memberships

Senior editor, Journal of Animal Ecology

Member of British Ecological Society and European Society for Evolutionary Biology


Research Overview

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. 

Research Areas

Accepting PhDs

I am currently accepting PhDs in Biological and Environmental Sciences.

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Biological and Environmental Sciences

Accepting PhDs

Current Research

Recent work focuses on biogeography, 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 synthesis of global data.