School of Life Sciences

Plant Evolutionary Ecology Lab


Our research is focused on the ecological and evolutionary mechanisms that cause and maintain the high diversity of flowering plants. Our main interest is in plant interactions with animals and with environmental factors in wild populations. We do field work in tropical, temperate and Mediterranean environments.

Current work combines field and greenhouse observations with genomic markers to study evolutionary potential in natural populations. This is important to understand how populations evolve under natural and human-induced changes such as pollinator declines. 


PhD position starting in Autumn 2017: Pollinator-mediated floral evolution during range expansions

We are looking for an enthusiastic, independent student interested in plant-animal interactions and plant evolution to explore how new pollinator environments on different continents can generate floral evolutionary innovation. The project will use several plant species that can be studied in their native and new ranges, and combine field and molecular work with greenhouse studies to understand how plants deal with changes in their pollinators. Field work will be carried out in South and Central America, southern Europe and the UK. The project will be co-supervised by Dave Goulson and Jeff Ollerton. For more information on the project and on how to apply, please visit here and email me.

New application deadline: April 25th 2017





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Maria Clara Castellanos
Research Fellow in Plant Evolutionary Biology
University of Sussex
John Maynard Smith Building
Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9QG
+44 1273 678567
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