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.
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.
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.