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 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.
You can see the article here.
The work by Sam Jones on stream invertebrates in the North York Moors is published today in Inland Waters.