Dr Lesley Lancaster

Dr Lesley Lancaster
Dr Lesley Lancaster

Dr Lesley Lancaster


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.

Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your research ideas further.

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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. 



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  • Plasticity and associated epigenetic mechanisms play a role in thermal evolution during range expansion

    Swaegers, J., De Cupere, S., Gaens, N., Lancaster, L. T., Carbonell, J. A., Sánchez Guillén, R. A., Stoks, R.
    Evolution Letters, qrac007
    Contributions to Journals: Letters
  • Impact of Phylogenetic Tree Completeness and Misspecification of Sampling Fractions on Trait Dependent Diversification Models

    Mynard, P., Algar, A. C., Lancaster, L., Bocedi, G., Fahri, F., Gubry-Rangin, C., Lupiyaningdyah, P., Nangoy, M., Osborne, O., Papadopulos, A., Sudiana, I. M., Juliandi, B., Travis, J., Herrera Alsina, L.
    Systematic Biology
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Priorities for synthesis research in ecology and environmental science

    Halpern, B. S., Boettiger, C., Dietze, M. C., Gephart, J. A., Gonzalez, P., Grimm, N. B., Groffman, P. M., Gurevitch, J., Hobbie, S. E., Komatsu, K. J., Kroeker, K. J., Lahr, H. J., Lodge, D. M., Lortie, C. J., Lowndes, J. S. S., Micheli, F., Possingham, H. P., Ruckelshaus, M. H., Scarborough, C., Wood, C. L., Wu, G. C., Aoyama, L., Arroyo, E. E., Bahlai, C. A., Beller, E. E., Blake, R. E., Bork, K. S., Branch, T. A., Brown, N. E. M., Brun, J., Bruna, E. M., Buckley, L. B., Burnett, J. L., Castorani, M. C. N., Cheng, S. H., Cohen, S. C., Couture, J. L., Crowder, L. B., Dee, L. E., Dias, A. S., Diaz-Maroto, I. J., Downs, M. R., Dudney, J. C., Ellis, E. C., Emery, K. A., Eurich, J. G., Ferriss, B. E., Fredston, A., Furukawa, H., Gagné, S. A., Garlick, S. R., Garroway, C. J., Gaynor, K. M., González, A. L., Grames, E. M., Guy-Haim, T., Hackett, E., Hallett, L. M., Harms, T. K., Haulsee, D. E., Haynes, K. J., Hazen, E. L., Jarvis, R. M., Jones, K., Kandlikar, G. S., Kincaid, D. W., Knope, M. L., Koirala, A., Kolasa, J., Kominoski, J. S., Koricheva, J., Lancaster, L. T., Lawlor, J. A., Lowman, H. E., Muller-Karger, F. E., Norman, K. E. A., Nourn, N., O'Hara, C. C., Ou, S. X., Padilla-Gamino, J. L., Pappalardo, P., Peek, R. A., Pelletier, D., Plont, S., Ponisio, L. C., Portales-Reyes, C., Provete, D. B., Raes, E. J., Ramirez-Reyes, C., Ramos, I., Record, S., Richardson, A. J., Salguero-Gómez, R., Satterthwaite, E. V., Schmidt, C., Schwartz, A. J., See, C. R., Shea, B. D., Smith, R. S., Sokol, E. R., Solomon, C. T., Spanbauer, T., Stefanoudis, P. V., Sterner, B. W., Sudbrack, V., Tonkin, J. D., Townes, A. R., Valle, M., Walter, J. A., Wheeler, K. I., Wieder, W. R., Williams, D. R., Winter, M., Winterova, B., Woodall, L. C., Wymore, A. S., Youngflesh, C.
    Ecosphere, vol. 14, no. 1, e4342
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • The consequences of tree disease and pre-emptive felling on functional and genetic connectivity for woodland invertebrates

    Plenderleith, F. A., Palmer, S., Travis, J., Lancaster, L., Stockan, J., Mitchell, R.
    Ecological Informatics, vol. 72, 101820
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Safeguarding imperiled biodiversity and evolutionary processes in the Wallacea center of endemism

    Struebig, M. J., Aninta, S. G., Voigt, M., Bani, A., Barus, H., Brace, S., Davies, Z. G., Diele, K., Djakiman, C., Djamaluddin, R., Drinkwater, R., Dumbrell, A., Evans, D. M., Fusi, M., Herrera Alsina, L., Iskandar, D., Jompa, J., Juliandi, B., Lancaster, L., Limmon, G., Lo, M., Lupiyaningdyah, P., McCannon, M., Meijaard, E., Mitchell, S., Mumbunan, S., O'Connell, D., Osborne, O., Papadopulos, A., Rahajoe, J. S., Rossiter, S. J., Rustiami, H., Salzmann, U., Sukara, E., Tasirin, J. S., Tjoa, A., Travis, J., Trethowan, L., Trianto, A., Utteridge, T., Voigt, M., Winarni, N., Zakaria, Z., Edwards, D., Frantz, L. A. F., Supriatna, J., Beger, M., De Brauwer, M., Lindawati, , Rugaya, , Sheherazade, , Sudiana, I. M., Rosaria,
    BioScience, vol. 72, no. 11, pp. 1118-1130
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • The missing link in biogeographic reconstruction: Accounting for lineage extinction rewrites history

    Herrera Alsina, L., Algar, A. C., Lancaster, L., Ornelas, J. F., Bocedi, G., Papadopulos, A. S., Gubry-Rangin, C., Osborne, O. G., Mynard, P., Sudiana, I. M., Lupiyaningdyah, P., Juliandi, B., Travis, J.
    Journal of Biogeography, vol. 49, no. 11, pp. 1941-1951
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Time counts in animal ecology

    Salguero-Gómez, R., Evans, D. M., Gaillard, J., Lancaster, L., Sanders, N. J., Scandrett, K., Meyer, J.
    Journal of Animal Ecology, vol. 91, no. 11, pp. 2154-2157
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Getting lost in the matrix? On how the characteristics and arrangement of linear landscape elements influence ecological connectivity

    Anderson, C., Lancaster, L., Travis, J., Crick, H. Q., Palmer, S. C. F.
    Landscape Ecology, vol. 37, pp. 2503–2517
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Evolution of resource generalism via generalized stress response confers increased reproductive thermal tolerance in a pest beetle

    Leonard, A., Lancaster, L.
    Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, vol. 137, no. 2, pp. 374–386
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • The importance of eco-evolutionary dynamics for predicting and managing insect range shifts

    Wellenreuther, M., Dudaniec, R. Y., Neu, A., Lessard, J., Bridle, J., Carbonell, J. A., Diamond, S. E., Marshall, K. E., Parmesan, C., Singer, M. C., Swaegers, J., Thomas, C. D., Lancaster, L. T.
    Current Opinion in Insect Science, vol. 52, 100939
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
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