The Centre for Biological Diversity (CBD) is a new initiative building on St Andrews' strengths in fundamental and applied research into the origins and maintenance of biodiversity. The CBD has strong collaborative links with researchers found across the University in the Schools of Biology, Psychology, Geography & GeoSciences, Mathematics and Management.

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  • Estimates of local biodiversity change over time stand up to scrutiny 

    Vellend, Mark; Dornelas, Maria; Baeten, Lander; Beauséjour, Robin; Brown, Carissa D.; De Frenne, Pieter; Elmendorf, Sarah C.; Gotelli, Nicholas J.; Moyes, Faye; Myers-Smith, Isla H.; Magurran, Anne E.; McGill, Brian J.; Shimadzu, Hideyasu; Sievers, Caya (2016-11-08) - Journal article
    We present new data and analyses revealing fundamental flaws in a critique of two recent meta-analyses of local-scale temporal biodiversity change. First, the conclusion that short-term time series lead to biased estimates ...
  • Inducing cold-sensitivity in the frigophilic fly Drosophila montana by RNAi 

    Vigoder, Felipe M.; Parker, Darren James; Cook, Nicola; Tournière, Océane; Sneddon, Tanya; Ritchie, Michael Gordon (2016-11-10) - Journal article
    Cold acclimation is a critical physiological adaptation for coping with seasonal cold. By increasing their cold tolerance individuals can remain active for longer at the onset of winter and can recover more quickly from a ...
  • Disassortative mating prevails in style-dimorphic Narcissus papyraceus despite low reciprocity and compatibility of morphs 

    Simón-Porcar, Violeta I.; Meagher, Thomas Robert; Arroyo, Juan (2015) - Journal article
    Evolution to reduce inbreeding can favor disassortative (inter-morph) over assortative (intramorph) mating in hermaphroditic sexually polymorphic plant species. Heterostyly enhances disassortative pollination through ...
  • The genome and methylome of a beetle with complex social behavior, Nicrophorus vespilloides (Coleoptera: Silphidae) 

    Cunningham, Christopher B.; Ji, Lexiang; Wiberg, R. Axel W.; Shelton, Jennifer; McKinney, Elizabeth C.; Parker, Darren J.; Meagher, Richard B.; Benowitz, Kyle M.; Roy-Zokan, Eileen M.; Ritchie, Michael G.; Brown, Susan J.; Schmitz, Robert J.; Moore, Allen J. (2015-12-01) - Journal article
    Testing for conserved and novel mechanisms underlying phenotypic evolution requires a diversity of genomes available for comparison spanning multiple independent lineages. For example, complex social behavior in insects ...
  • Quantitative trait locus analysis of mating behavior and male sex pheromones in Nasonia wasps 

    Diao, Wenwen; Mousset, Mathilde; Horsburgh, Gavin J.; Vermeulen, Cornelis J.; Johannes, Frank; van de Zande, Louis; Ritchie, Michael G.; Schmitt, Thomas; Beukeboom, Leo W. (2016-06-01) - Journal article
    A major focus in speciation genetics is to identify the chromosomal regions and genes that reduce hybridization and gene flow. We investigated the genetic architecture of mating behavior in the parasitoid wasp species pair ...

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