The flexible genome:
adaptation & plasticity in the anthropocene

Dr. Vicencio Oostra
University of Liverpool

Our biosphere is being hammered 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 applies genomic analytical techniques to temperate and tropical butterflies, with the aim to understand how the processes of phenotypic plasticity and evolutionary adaptation interact to determine limits to resilience.

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