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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In Memoriam: Barry Sinervo 1961-2021EvolutionContributions to Journals: Comments and Debates
Journal journeys: Building on our reputation in animal ecology with new ways to publishJournal of Animal Ecology, vol. 90, no. 12, pp. 2724-2725Contributions to Journals: Editorials
Wolbachia-driven selective sweep in a range expanding insect speciesBmc ecology and evolution, vol. 21, 181Contributions to Journals: Articles
Ancient geological dynamics impact neutral biodiversity accumulation and are detectable in phylogenetic reconstructionsGlobal Ecology and Biogeography, vol. 38, no. 8, pp. 1633–1642Contributions to Journals: Articles
Reply to Perez et al.: Experimental duration unlikely to bias global variation in plant thermal tolerancesPNAS, vol. 118, no. 30, e2102037118Contributions to Journals: Articles
Latitudinal clines in sexual selection, sexual size dimorphism, and sex-specific genetic dispersal during a poleward range expansionJournal of Animal EcologyContributions to Journals: Articles
Dispersal Evolution in Currents: spatial sorting promotes philopatry in upstream patchesEcography, vol. 44, no. 2, pp. 231-242Contributions to Journals: Articles
Epigenetic responses to temperature and climate changeIntegrative and Comparative Biology, vol. 60, no. 6, pp. 1469-1480Contributions to Journals: Articles
Host use diversification during range shifts shapes global variation in Lepidopteran dietary breadthNature Ecology & Evolution, vol. 4, no. 7, pp. 963-969Contributions to Journals: Articles
Global variation in the thermal tolerances of plantsPNAS, vol. 117, no. 24, pp. 13580-13587Contributions to Journals: Articles