Welcome to the Research Group led by Peter Mayhew at the University of York. We study the evolutionary and ecological underpinnings of biodiversity. We have built a reputation for focussing on insects. As far as anyone knows, they comprise more than half of all species, so they provoke plenty of interesting questions. However, we are always willing to be diverted onto other taxa. We also do applied work stemming from this, such as biological control and conservation. Have a look at the projects, people, publications, and media pages to see what we get up to in more detail. Our work often involves creating re-usable datasets such as phylogenies, and taxonomic or trait lists: our legacy. These are available here to download for free, but please cite the original source paper if you use in the public domain. We strongly believe in working as a community, so please get in touch if you think we could work together.
Our paper on insect elevational specialization in Brazilian rainforest was picked up my several science media outlets including AAAS, and Science Daily. You can see the original press release here
The first paper from the Brazilian Atlantic Rainforest work is out today, showing that there are many high-elevation specialist beetles that may be vulnerable to climate change.
Peter gave an invited talk, on using phylogenies to study insect macroevolution, at the 8th Dresden meeting last week. You can find his talk here.
Katie Davis went to the Evolution 2017 conference at Portland Oregon, presenting both a talk (on her previous crustacean diversity work) and a poster (on her current Orthoptera work). You can see her poster here.