Professor Paul Brakefield

Prof Paul Brakefield


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Paul Brakefield is Professor of Zoology at the University of Cambridge. Brakefield is an evolutionary biologist who studies butterflies and other insects. He is particularly interested in the effects of their development and physiology on natural selection. He has shown that changes that occur through evolution are shaped by interplay between an organism’s environment and the genes controlling their development. Brakefield's butterfly eyespot experiments are now considered to be a classic by the field of evolutionary developmental biology. In parallel with his research, Brakefield is the Director of the University Museum of Zoology at the University of Cambridge. He is also President of the Tropical Biology Association and the Linnean Society of London and became a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2010.

Further information

Brakefield group website
University of Cambridge staff profile

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