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.
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The work by Sam Jones on stream invertebrates in the North York Moors is published today in Inland Waters.
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James Rainford’s PLoS ONE paper on metamorphosis and the hexapod radiation has been chosen as one of the journal “highlights” selection by Sara Fuentes Perez. You can see the selection here.