Rossiter Lab

Welcome to the Rossiter lab. Our studies involve the use of approaches in molecular ecology, phylogenetics and molecular evolution to address questions in evolutionary biology and conservation. We are especially interested in the genetics of population divergence and speciation. Most of our work focuses on 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.


Both fully-funded for EU citizens
Deadline 18 September 2014 (this has been extended by 4 days)
Start date January 2015 (earlier is possible)

1. Divergent and convergent evolution of dietary specialisations in bats

2. The genetic basis of mate choice in bats

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We gratefully acknowledge fundng from the Royal Society, ERC, NERC, BBSRC, Linnean Society of London and the National Science Council (Tawian).


Main collaborations

Professor Shuyi Zhang (East China Normal University, China)
Professor Emma Teeling (University College Dublin, Ireland)
Dr James Cotton (Wellcome Sanger Centre, UK)
Professor Gareth Jones (University of Bristol, UK)
Dr Roger Ransome (University of Bristol, UK)
Professor Zubaid Akbar (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Malaysia)
Dr Matt Struebig (University of Kent)
Dr Tigga Kingston (Texas Tech University, US)
Dr Paul Bates (Harrison Institute, UK)



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