Investigating mechanisms of evolutionary change: genes to communities

All biological processes need to be understood in the context of evolution. ACCE researchers are international leaders in the field of evolutionary biology, investigating fundamental drivers of gene flow among populations, evolutionary responses of species to rapid environmental change, and the genetic basis of competition, co-evolution and co-operation between species and organisms.

We also use multi-disciplinary approaches to study evolution, for example, through pioneering systems biology approaches to understanding the mechanisms of adaptation of species in polluted environments. Our research is supported by state-of-the-art facilities, for example in genomics (Centre for Genomic Research, Liverpool), molecular genetics (NERC Biomolecular Analysis Facility, Sheffield), and ancient DNA techniques (BioArch, York).