The flexible genome:
adaptation & plasticity in the anthropocene

Dr. Vicencio Oostra
Queen Mary University of London

Our biosphere is being affected by unprecedented rates of climate change and habitat degradation, disrupting the ecosystem functions on which we rely for our survival. It is therefore critical to understand and predict the capacity of organisms to cope with these rapid changes.

The research in our lab aims to understand how the processes of phenotypic plasticity and evolutionary adaptation interact, and how these interactions drive species and ecosystem resilience to anthropogenic change. We use tropical and temperate butterflies, and integrate approaches from development, genomics, evolutionary biology and ecology.

genomics – quantitative genetics – gene-by-environment interactions – butterflies – climate change