Royal Society Research Fellow
School of Biological & Chemical Sciences
Queen Mary, University of London
Mile End Road
London, E1 4NS
Tel: (0)20 7882 7528
I welcome enquiries from prospective students or post-docs who are looking for opportunities to work on the molecular ecology of bats or other animals in my areas of interest. Please send me an email with a CV in the first instance.
Liu Y, He G, Xu H, Han X, Jones G, Rossiter SJ and Zhang S (2014) Adaptive functional diversification of lysozyme in insectivorous bats. Molecular Biology and Evolution, doi: 10.1093/molbev/msu240
Davies KTJ, Tsagkogeorga G, Bennett NC, Dávalos LM, Faulkes CG and Rossiter SJ (2014) Molecular evolution of growth hormone and insulin-like growth factor 1 receptors in long-lived, small-bodied mammals. Gene, 549, 228-236.
Mao X, Zhu G, Zhang L, Zhang S and Rossiter SJ (2014) Differential introgression among loci across a hybrid zone of the intermediate horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus affinis). BMC Evolutionary Biology 14 (1), 154
Kuo HC, Chen SF, Fang YP, Flanders J and Rossiter SJ (2014) Comparative rangewide phylogeography of four endemic Taiwanese bat species. Molecular Ecology, 23, 3566-3586.
Feng P, Zheng J, Rossiter SJ, Wang D and Zhao H (2014) Massive losses of taste receptor genes in toothed and baleen whales. Genome Biology and Evolution, doi:10.1093/gbe/evu095
Mao X, Dong J, Hua P, He G, Zhang S, Rossiter SJ (2014) Heteroplasmy and ancient translocation of mitochondrial DNA to the nucleus in the Chinese horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus sinicus) complex. PLOS ONE, 9, e98035
Lim L-S, Mohd-Adnan A, Zubaid A, Struebig M and Rossiter SJ (2013) Diversity of Malaysian insectivorous bat assemblages revisited. Journal of Tropical Ecology, 30, 111-121.
Ward HL, Ransome, RD, Jones G, Rossiter SJ (2014) Determinants and patterns of reproductive success in the greater horseshoe bat during a population recovery. PLOS ONE, 9, e87199.
Peel AJ, Sargan DR, Baker KS, Hayman DTS, Barr JA, Crameri G, Suu-Ire RD, Broder CC, Lembo T, Wang LF, Fooks AR, Rossiter SJ, Wood JLN and Cunningham AA (2013) Continent-wide panmixia of an African fruit bat facilitates transmission of potentially zoonotic viruses. Nature Communications, doi:10.1038/ncomms3770
Parker J, Tsagkogeorga G, Cotton JA, Liu Y, Provero P, Stupka E and Rossiter SJ (2013) Genome-wide signatures of convergent evolution in echolocating mammals. Nature 502, 228–231.
Kuo H, Chen S and Rossiter SJ (2013) Development and characterisation of microsatellite loci for Murina gracilis (Vespertilionidae) and cross-species amplification in two other congeneric species. Conservation Genetic Resources 5, 1117-1120.
Xu H, Liu Y, He G, Rossiter SJ and Zhang S (2013) Adaptive evolution of tight junction protein claudin-14 in echolocating whales. Gene 530, 208-214.
Xu H, Liu Y, Meng F, He B, Han N, Li G, Rossiter SJ and Zhang S (2013) Multiple bursts of pancreatic ribonuclease gene duplication in insect-eating bats. Gene 526,112-117.
Mao X, Thong VD, Bates PJJ, Jones G, Zhang S and Rossiter SJ (2013) Multiple cases of asymmetric introgression among horseshoe bats detected by phylogenetic conflicts across loci. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 110, 346–361.
Dool SE, Puechmaille SJ, Dietz C, Juste J, Ibanez C, Hulva P, Roue S, Petit EJ, Jones G, Russo D, Toffoli R, Viglino A, Martinoli A, Rossiter SJ and Teeling EM (2013) Phylogeography and postglacial recolonization of Europe by Rhinolophus hipposideros: evidence from multiple genetic markers. Molecular Ecology 22, 4055-4070.
Shen B, Han X, Jones G, Rossiter SJ and Zhang S (2013) Adaptive evolution of the Myo6 gene in Old World fruit bats (Family: Pteropodidae). PLoS ONE 8, e62307.
Davies KTJ, Bates PJJ, Maryanto I, Cotton JA and Rossiter SJ (2013) The evolution of bat vestibular systems in the face of antagonistic selection pressures for flight and echolocation. PLoS ONE, 8, e61998.
Mao X, He G, Hua P, Jones G, Zhang S and Rossiter SJ (2013) Historical introgression and the persistence of ghost alleles in the intermediate horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus affinis). Molecular Ecology 22, 1035-1050.
Davies KTJ, Maryanto I and Rossiter SJ (2013) Evolutionary origins of ultrasonic hearing and laryngeal echolocation in bats inferred from morphological analyses of the inner ear. Frontiers in Zoology 10, 2.
Wang L, Yin Q, He G, Rossiter SJ, Holmes EC and Cui J (2013) Ancient invasion of an extinct gammaretrovirus in cetaceans. Virology 441, 66-69.
Jones G, Teeling EM and Rossiter SJ (2013) From the ultrasonic to the infrared: molecular evolution and the sensory biology of bats. Frontiers in Physiology 4, 116.
Kirwan JD, Bekaert M, Commins JM, Davies KTJ, Rossiter SJ and Teeling EC (2013) A phylomedicine approach to understanding the evolution of auditory sensory perception and disease in mammals. Evolutionary applications 6, 412-422.
Mao X, He G, Zhang J, Rossiter SJ and Zhang S (2013) Lineage divergence and historical gene flow in the Chinese horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus sinicus). PLoS ONE 8, e56786.
Struebig MJ, Bozek M, Hildebrand J, Rossiter SJ and Lane DJW (2012) Bat diversity in the Heart of Borneo. Biodiversity and Conservation 21, 3711-3727.
Struebig MJ, Le Comber SC and Rossiter SJ (2012) Overcoming the issue of small sample sizes in fragmentation genetics. Molecular Ecology 21, 2850-2851.
Chittka L, Rossiter SJ, Skorupski P and Fernando C (2012) What is comparable in comparative cognition? Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London B 367, 2677-2685.
Shen B, Han X, Rossiter SJ and Zhang S (2012) Adaptive evolution in the Glucose Transporter 4 Gene Slc2a4 in Old World Fruit Bats (Family: Pteropodidae). PLoS ONE, 7, e33197.
Liu Y, Xu H, Yuan X, Rossiter SJ and Zhang S (2012) Multiple adaptive losses of alanine-glyoxylate aminotransferase mitochondrial targeting in fruit eating bats. Molecular Biology and Evolution 29, 1507-1511.
Davies KTJ, Cotton JA, Kirwan J, Teeling EC and Rossiter SJ (2012) Parallel signatures of sequence evolution among hearing genes in echolocating mammals: an emerging model of genetic convergence. Heredity 108, 480-489.
Rossiter SJ, Zubaid A, Mohd-Adnan A, Struebig MJ, Kunz TH, Gopal S, Petit EJ and Kingston T (2012) Social organisation and genetic structure: insights from co-distributed bat populations. Molecular Ecology 21, 647-661.
Shen B, Avila-Flores R, Liu Y, Rossiter SJ, Zhang S (2011) Prestin shows divergent evolution between constant frequency echolocating bats. Journal of Molecular Evolution 73, 109-115.
Hua P, Zhang L, Zhu G, Jones G, Zhang S and Rossiter SJ (2011) Hierarchical polygyny in multiparous flat-headed bats. Molecular Ecology, 20, 3669-3680.
Struebig MJ, Kingston T, Petit EJ, Le Comber SC, Zubaid A, Mohd-Adnan A and Rossiter SJ (2011) Parallel declines in species and genetic diversity in tropical forest fragments. Ecology Letters 14, 582-590.
Layer K, Hildrew AG, Jenkins GB, Riede J, Rossiter SJ, Townsend CR and Woodward G (2011) Long-term dynamics of a well-characterised food web: four decades of acidification and recovery in the Broadstone Stream model system. Advances in Ecological Research 44, 69-117.
Yuan L , Zhao X , Lin B , Rossiter SJ , He L , Zuo X, He G, Jones G, Geiser F, Zhang S (2011) Adaptive Evolution of Leptin in Heterothermic Bats. PLoS ONE 6, e27189
Rossiter SJ, Zhang S and Liu Y (2011) Prestin and high frequency hearing in mammals. Communicative and Integrative Biology 4, 236-239.
Flanders J, Wei L, Rossiter SJ and Zhang S (2011) Identifying the effects of the Pleistocene on the greater horseshoe bat, Rhinolophus ferrumequinum, in East Asia using ecological niche modelling and phylogenetic analyses. Journal of Biogeography 38, 439-452.
Rossiter SJ (2011) Book review: “Island Bats: Evolution, Ecology and Conservation, Theodore H. Fleming, Paul A. Racey (Eds.), University of Chicago Press”. Biological Conservation 144, 663.
Chen J, Rossiter SJ, Flanders JR, Sun Y, Hua P, Miller-Butterworth C, Liu X, Rajan KE and Zhang S (2010) Contrasting genetic structure in two co-distributed species of Old World fruit bat. PLoS ONE 5, e13903.
Liu, Y, Rossiter SJ, Han X, Cotton JA and Zhang S (2010) Cetaceans on a molecular fast track to ultrasonic hearing. Current Biology 20, 1834-1839.
Mao X, Zhu GJ, Zhang S and Rossiter SJ (2010) Pleistocene climatic cycling drives intra-specific diversification in the intermediate horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus affinis) in Southern China. Molecular Ecology 19, 2754-2769.
Mao X, Zhang J, Zhang S and Rossiter SJ (2010) Historical male-mediated introgression in horseshoe bats revealed by multi-locus DNA sequence data. Molecular Ecology 19, 1352-1366.
Peel AJ, Rossiter SJ, Wood JLN, Cunningham AA and Sargan DR (2010) Characterization of microsatellite loci in the straw-colored fruit bat, Eidolon helvum (Pteropodidae). Conservation Genetics Resources 2, 279-282.
Wei L, Flanders JR, Rossiter SJ, Miller-Butterworth CM, Zhang LB and Zhang S (2010) Phylogeography of the Japanese pipistrelle bat in China: the impact of ancient and recent events on population genetic structure. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 99, 582-594.
Liu Y, Cotton JA, Shen B, Han X, Rossiter SJ and Zhang S (2010) Convergent sequence evolution between echolocating bats and dolphins. Current Biology 20, R53-54.
Zhao H, Ru B, Teeling EC, Faulkes CG, Zhang S and Rossiter SJ (2009) Rhodopsin molecular evolution in mammals inhabiting low light environments. PLoS ONE 4, e8326.
Chen S, Jones G and Rossiter SJ (2009) Determinants of echolocation call frequency variation in the Formosan lesser horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus monoceros). Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 276, 3901-3909.
Struebig MJ, Kingston T, Zubaid A, Le Comber SC, Adnan AM, Turner A, Kelly J, Bozek M and Rossiter SJ (2009) Conservation importance of limestone karst outcrops for Palaeotropical bats in a fragmented landscape. Biological Conservation 142, 2089–2096.
Zhao H, Rossiter SJ, Teeling EM, Li C, Cotton JA and Zhang S (2009) The evolution of color vision in nocturnal mammals. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 106, 8980-8985.
Zhang L, Jones G, Zhang J, Zhu G, Parsons S, Rossiter SJ and Zhang S (2009) Recent surveys of bats (Mammalia: Chiroptera) from China I. Rhinolophidae and Hipposideridae. Acta Chiropterologica 11, 71-88.
Rossiter SJ (2009) Parentage and kinship analysis. In: Ecological and Behavioral Methods for the Study of Bats (T. H. Kunz and S. Parsons, eds.). John Hopkins University Press, Baltimore.
Wang Z, Yuan L, Rossiter SJ, Zuo X, Ru B, Zhong H, Han N, Jones G, Jepson PD and Zhang S (2009) Adaptive evolution of 5’HoxD genes in the origin and diversification of the cetacean flipper. Molecular Biology and Evolution 26, 613-622.
Flanders J, Jones G, Benda P, Dietz C, Zhang S, Li G, Sharifi M and Rossiter SJ (2009) Phylogeography of the greater horseshoe bat, Rhinolophus ferrumequinum: contrasting results from mitochondrial and microsatellite data. Molecular Ecology 18, 306-318.
Liu W, Zhang J, Hua P, Zhang S and Rossiter SJ (2009) Development and characterisation of novel microsatellite markers from the Chinese rufous horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus sinicus) with cross-species amplification in closely related taxa. Molecular Ecology Resources 9, 183-185.
Hua P, Guo T, Liu W, Zhang S and Rossiter SJ (2009) Isolation and characterization of thirteen microsatellite loci in Rhinolophus pusillus (least horseshoe bat) with cross-amplification in five related species. Conservation Genetics 10, 597-600.
Li G, Wang J, Rossiter SJ, Jones G, Cotton JA and Zhang S (2008) The hearing gene Prestin reunites echolocating bats. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 105, 13959-13964.
Liu W, Hua P, Zhang J, Rossiter SJ and Zhang S (2008) Isolation and characterization of microsatellite loci in Pratt’s Leaf-nosed Bat (Hipposideros pratti) and cross-species amplification in closely related taxa. Conservation Genetics 9, 1341-1343.
Struebig MJ, Kingston T, Zubaid A, Adnan AM and Rossiter SJ (2008) Conservation value of forest fragments to Palaeotropical bats. Biological Conservation 141, 2112-2126.
Struebig MJ, Horsburgh GJ, Pandhal J, Triggs A, Zubaid A, Kingston T, Dawson DA and Rossiter SJ (2008) Isolation and characterisation of microsatellite loci in the papillose woolly bat, Kerivoula papillosa (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae). Conservation Genetics 9, 751-756.
Rossiter SJ, Benda P, Dietz C, Zhang S and Jones G (2007) Rangewide phylogeography in the greater horseshoe bat inferred from microsatellite: implications for population history, taxonomy. Molecular Ecology 16, 4699-4714.
Li G, Wang J, Rossiter SJ, Jones G and Zhang S (2007) Accelerated FoxP2 evolution in echolocating bats. PLoS ONE 2, e900.
Bates PJ, Rossiter SJ, Suyanto A and Kingston T (2007) A new species of Hipposideros (Chiroptera: Hipposideridae) from Sulawesi . Acta Chiropterologica 9, 13-26.
Hua PY, Chen JP, Zhang LB, Liang B, Rossiter SJ and Zhang SY (2007) Isolation and characterization of microsatellite loci in the flat-headed bat (Tylonycteris pachypus). Molecular Ecology Notes 7, 486-488.
Rossiter SJ, Ransome RD, Faulkes CG, Dawson DA and Jones G (2006) Long-term reproductive skew in male greater horseshoe bats. Molecular Ecology 15, 3035-3043.
Rossiter SJ , Jones G, Ransome RD and Barratt EM (2006) Causes and consequences of genetic structure in the greater horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus ferrumequinum). Pp. 213-226. In: Functional and Evolutionary Ecology of Bats (A Zubaid, GF McCracken & TH Kunz, eds). Oxford University Press, New York.
Li G, Jones G, Rossiter SJ, Chen S, Parsons S and Zhang S (2006) Phylogenetics of small horseshoe bats from Asia based on mitochondrial DNA sequence variation. Journal of Mammalogy 87, 1234-1240.
Chen S, Rossiter SJ, Faulkes CG and Jones G (2006) Population genetic structure and demographic history of the endemic Formosan lesser horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus monoceros). Molecular Ecology 15, 1643-1656.
Thabah A, Rossiter SJ, Kingston T, Zhang S, Parsons S, Mya Mya K, Akbar Z and Jones G (2006) Genetic divergence and call frequency in cryptic species of Hipposideros larvatus (Chiroptera: Hipposideridae) from northeast India and comparisons with other Indo-Malayan populations. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 88, 119-130.
Rossiter SJ, Ransome RD, Faulkes CG, Le Comber SL and Jones G (2005) Mate-fidelity and intra-lineage polygyny in greater horseshoe bats. Nature 437, 408-411.
Struebig MJ, Rossiter SJ, Bates JJ, Kingston T, Sein Sein Win et al. (2005) Results of a recent bat survey in Upper Myanmar including new records from the Kachin forests. Acta Chiropterologica 7, 147-164.
Zhang L, Liren LU, Zhou S, Liang B, Jones G, Rossiter SJ, and Zhang S (2005) The diet of flat-headed bats, Tylonycteris pachypus and T. robustula in Guangxi, south China. Journal of Mammalogy 86, 61–66.
Bates PJ, Struebig MJ, Rossiter SJ, Kingston T, Sein Sein Win and Khin Mya Mya (2004) A new species of Kerivoula (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) from Myanmar (Burma). Acta Chiropterologica 6, 219-226.
Kingston T and Rossiter SJ* (2004) Harmonic-hopping in Wallacea’s bats. Nature. 429, 654-657. (*joint first author).
Dawson DA, Rossiter SJ, Jones G and Faukes CG (2004) Microsatellite loci for the greater horseshoe bat, Rhinolophus ferrumequinum (Rhinolophidae, Chiroptera) and their cross-utility in 17 other bat species. Molecular Ecology Notes 4, 96-100.
Rossiter SJ, Jones G, Ransome RD and Barratt EM (2002) Relatedness, kin-biased foraging in the greater horseshoe bat Rhinolophus ferrumequinum. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 51, 510-518.
Rossiter SJ, Jones G, Ransome RD and Barratt EM (2001) Outbreeding increases offspring survival in wild greater horseshoe bats (Rhinolophus ferrumequinum). Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 268, 1055-1061.
Rossiter SJ, Jones G, Ransome RD and Barratt EM (2000) Genetic variation and population structure in the endangered greater horseshoe bat Rhinolophus ferrumequinum. Molecular Ecology 9, 1131-1135.
Rossiter SJ, Jones G, Ransome RD and Barratt EM (2000) Parentage, reproductive success and breeding behaviour in the greater horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus ferrumequinum). Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 267, 545-551.
Rossiter SJ, Burland TM, Jones G and Barratt EM (1999) Characterization of microsatellite loci in the greater horseshoe bat Rhinolophus ferrumequinum. Molecular Ecology 8, 1959-1961.
Rossiter SJ, Robinson SJ, Bunting A, Mason TM, Pellegrin S and Hill KE (1997) The utilisation of natural plant products in the livelihood of rural villagers: case study of the Tswapong Hills, Botswana. Botswana Notes and Records 5, 22-29.
Lecturing – current and previous
Mammals & Evolution (3rd year)
Tropical Ecology & Conservation (3rd year) (course organiser)
Biology: An Evolutionary & Ecological Perspective (foundation year)
Conservation Biology (3rd year)
2007 NERC – support for 454 sequencing of ‘echolocation genes’
2006 Royal Society (University Research Fellowship) (£418,863)
2004 University of London (Central Research Fund Grant). ‘Causes of divergence in rhinolophoid bats’. (£6,137)
2004 British Ecological Society (Small Ecological Project Grant). ‘Echolocation call frequency variation among island populations of three species of horseshoe bat’ (£2,239)
2003 Natural Environment Research Council (Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship). ‘Impact of social structure on population genetic structure: a comparative study of continuous populations’ (£130,865)
2003 Royal Geographical Society Expedition Grant. ‘Htonbo horseshoe bat project’ (£3,750)
2003 Lindeth Charitable Trust. ‘Htonbo Horseshoe bat Project’ (£800)
2000 Natural Environment Research Council (Standard Research Grant) ‘Genetic consequences of polygyny in a philopatric colonial mammal’. I wrote this grant as a named researcher. PIs: G Jones (Bristol) and CG Faulkes (Queen Mary) (£165 000)
2000 Operation Wallacea: ‘Bat diversity of SE Sulawesi’ (Annual support totaling £30,000 to date)
1996 English Nature, UK (Species Recovery Programme Grant) (£1,000)
1996 Bat Conservation International, USA (Student Scholarship) (£2,500)
1995 Royal Geographical Society Expedition Grant and 4 others (approx. £5,000)
Thomas Henry Huxley Medal (awarded by the Zoological Society of London) (2001)
Student Speaker Prize, 8th European Bat Research Symposium, Poland (1999)
University of Bristol Alumni Foundation Bursary (1997)
Texas Tech University (2011)
European Wildlife Diseases Conference, Vlieland, Netherlands (invited plenary lecture) (2010)
International Bat Research Symposium, Prague (2010)
University of Sheffield (2010)
British Bat Research Meeting (2010)
East China Normal University, Shanghai (2010)
Eidolon helvum workshop, Cambridge (2008)
East China Normal University, Shanghai (May 2007)
14th International Bat Research Conference, Merida, Mexico (2007)
International Southeast Asian Bat Conference, Phuket, Thailand (2007)
University of Cambridge (Nov 2005)
Institute of Zoology (Oct 2005)
University of Reading (March 2005)
10th European Bat Research Symposium, Galway (2005)
37th Population Genetics Group Meeting, Reading (2004)
St Barts & The Royal London Hospital (2004)
Surrey Bat Group (2004)
84th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Mammalogists, Arcata, California (2004)
Evolution Conference 04, Fort Collins, Colorado (2004)
36th Population Genetics Group Meeting, Sussex (2003)
University of Zurich, Switzerland (2003)
Sustainable Development and Conservation in Tropical Regions Meeting, Herts (2003) (invited)
Operation Wallacea Conference, Cambridge (2002)
University of Glamorgan (2002)
12th International Bat Research Conference, Kuala Lumpur (2001) (invited)
Mammal Society of Great Britain Mammal Monitoring Symposium, London (2001) (invited)
8th European Bat Research Symposium, Krakow (1999)
8th National Bat Conference, Ripon (1999)
31st Population Genetics Group Meeting, Cambridge (1998)
English Nature Species Recovery Meeting (1997)