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.
Peter recently was invited to review this topic for Current Opinion in Insect Science, and the article is now available online. He was blown away by the activity in this field at present, which made writing a concise review a very challenging task, and hopes he has done some justice to the workers involved and … Continue reading New Review article out on Comparative Analysis of Insect Behavioural Traits
On 25th January, Peter took part in a discussion forum on “Are evolution and creation compatible?” at Queen Ethelburga’s College, near York, with about 200 audience. On the panel were also Prof Roger Butlin, a speciation scientist from Sheffield, and two theologians from the York area. There wasn’t much opportunity to say much, as the … Continue reading Peter does some Evolution Outreach
The supposed “anomolous latitudinal gradient in species richness” in ichneumonid wasps is a contentious subject. The issue was raised decades ago when high richness was recorded from a UK garden, and richness was not much higher in a small number of tropical samples. Since then, many researchers have assumed that temperate diversity of these wasps … Continue reading Ichneumonid diversity paper out
I have only just found this commentry in Current Biology from 2016 which features our PLoS ONE article about the decline of Dark Bordered Beauty, so here it is.