Project 16
Phenotypic plasticity, developmental bias and evolutionary diversification in butterflies

Led by Paul Brakefield



This project investigates reciprocal causation between phenotypic plasticity and genetic evolution using the African mycalesine butterfly, Bicyclus anynana. We set out to understand if and how the evolution of plasticity, and developmental bias, shapes evolutionary diversification, as well as the extent of parallel evolution amongst butterflies in different geographical locations with similar environments.



Developmental plasticity for male secondary sexual traits in a group of polyphenic tropical butterflies.
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Balmer AJ, Brakefield PM, Brattström O, van Bergen E. 2018. Oikos DOI: 10.1111/oik.05291.
Adaptation of a tropical butterfly to a temperate climate
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Nokelainen O, van Bergen E, Ripley BS, Brakefield PM. 2018. Biol J Linnean Soc 123(2):279–289.
Conserved patterns of integrated developmental plasticity in a group of polyphenic tropical butterflies.
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van Bergen E, Osbaldeston D, Kodandaramaiah U, Brattström O, Aduse-Poku K, Brakefield PM. 2017. BMC Evol Biol 17:59 DOI 10.1186/s12862-017-0907-1.


EES predictions this project tests

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