Rossiter Lab

We use approaches in molecular ecology, phylogenetics and molecular evolution to address questions in evolutionary biology and conservation. We are especially interested in adaptation, population divergence and speciation. Most of our work focuses on mammals, particualrly bats, which are great candidates for studying speciation because their ultrasonic calls influence prey size, habitat use and social communication, and also because their vocalisation and auditory systems are often tightly tuned to each other.


Most PhD positions are funded by NERC and BBSRC. If you are interested in joining the lab as a PhD student, please send a CV in the first instance. If you are thinking about applying for a PhD but you are unsure if it’s the right move, then this useful article might help you to decide.

I am also interested in hearing from prospective postdocs and research fellows.






Professor Liliana M. Dávalos (Stony Brook University, US)
Dr Laurent Frantz (Queen Mary, University of London, UK)
Professor Tom Gilbert (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
Professor Gareth Jones (University of Bristol, UK)
Dr Tigga Kingston (Texas Tech University, US)
Professor Yang Liu (Shenyang Agricultural University, China)
Professor Xiuguang Mao (East China Normal University, China)
Dr Roger Ransome (University of Bristol, UK)
Dr Matt Struebig (University of Kent)
Professor Emma Teeling (University College Dublin, Ireland)
Professor Shuyi Zhang (Shenyang Agricultural University, China)



We gratefully acknowledge fundng from the Royal Society, ERC, NERC, BBSRC, Linnean Society of London, National Science Council (Tawian), Malaysian government, and Science Without Borders.




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