Group Leader
Dr Stephen Rossiter

Dr Georgia Tsagkogeorga
Dr Joe Parker
Dr Xiuguang Mao

PhD students
Hao-Chih Kuo
Lee Sim Lim
Helen Ward

Seb Bailey

Former PhD students
Dr Matt Struebig
Dr Kalina Davies



We are interested in the causes and consequences of population structure, from the level of individuals, to populations, through to species. Our studies mainly focus on bats and other mammals, and involve the use of approaches in molecular and field ecology, phylogenetics and molecular evolution to address questions in conservation and evolutionary biology.



If you are interested in joining the lab, please send me a CV in the first instance. We can then discuss options for funding. If you are thinking about applying for a PhD but you are unsure if it's the right move, then this useful article might help you to decide.



RECENT PAPERS (since 2010)

Italicized where a corresponding author. For a full list of papers with PDFs see my home page

My QMUL page



Struebig MJ, Le Comber SC and Rossiter SJ (2012) Overcoming the issue of small sample sizes in fragmentation genetics. Molecular Ecology, In the press.

Chittka L, Rossiter SJ, Skorupski P and Fernando C (2012) What is comparable in comparative cognition? Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London B, In the press.

Shen B, Han X, Rossiter SJ and Zhang S (2012) Adaptive evolution in the Glucose Transporter 4 Gene Slc2a4 in Old World Fruit Bats (Family: Pteropodidae). PLoS ONE, 7, e33197.

Liu Y, Xu H, Yuan X, Rossiter SJ and Zhang S (2012) Multiple adaptive losses of alanine-glyoxylate aminotransferase mitochondrial targeting in fruit eating bats. Molecular Biology and Evolution, Epub ahead of print: DOI 10.1093/molbev/mss013 .

Davies KTJ, Cotton JA, Kirwan J, Teeling EC and Rossiter SJ (2012) Parallel signatures of sequence evolution among hearing genes in echolocating mammals: an emerging model of genetic convergence. Heredity, 108, 480-489.

Rossiter SJ, Zubaid A, Mohd-Adnan A, Struebig MJ, Kunz TH, Gopal S, Petit EJ and Kingston T (2012) Social organisation and genetic structure: insights from co-distributed bat populations. Molecular Ecology, 21, 647-661.

Shen B, Avila-Flores R, Liu Y, Rossiter SJ and Zhang S (2011) Prestin shows divergent evolution between constant frequency echolocating bats. Journal of Molecular Evolution 73, 109-115.

Hua P, Zhang L, Zhu G, Jones G, Zhang S and Rossiter SJ (2011) Hierarchical polygyny in multiparous flat-headed bats. Molecular Ecology 20, 3669-3680.

Yuan L , Zhao X , Lin B , Rossiter SJ , He L , Zuo X, He G, Jones G, Geiser F, Zhang S (2011) Adaptive Evolution of Leptin in Heterothermic Bats. PLoS ONE 6, e27189

Layer K, Hildrew AG, Jenkins GB, Riede J, Rossiter SJ, Townsend CR and Woodward G (2011) Long-term dynamics of a well-characterised food web: four decades of acidification and recovery in the Broadstone Stream model system. Advances in Ecological Research 4, 69-117.

Struebig MJ, Kingston T, Petit EJ, Le Comber SC, Zubaid A, Mohd-Adnan A and Rossiter SJ (2011) Parallel declines in species and genetic diversity in tropical forest fragments. Ecology Letters 14, 582-590.

Rossiter SJ, Zhang S and Liu Y (2011) Prestin and high frequency hearing in mammals. Communicative and Integrative Biology 4, 236-239.

Flanders J, Wei L, Rossiter SJ and Zhang S (2011) Identifying the effects of the Pleistocene on the greater horseshoe bat, Rhinolophus ferrumequinum, in East Asia using ecological niche modelling and phylogenetic analyses. Journal of Biogeography 38, 439-452.

Chen J, Rossiter SJ, Flanders JR, Sun Y, Hua P, Miller-Butterworth C, Liu X, Rajan KE and Zhang S (2010) Contrasting genetic structure in two co-distributed species of Old World fruit bat. PLoS ONE 5, e13903.

Liu, Y, Rossiter SJ, Han X, Cotton JA and Zhang S (2010) Cetaceans on a molecular fast track to ultrasonic hearing. Current Biology 20, 1834-1839.

Mao X, Zhu GJ, Zhang S and Rossiter SJ (2010) Pleistocene climatic cycling drives intra-specific diversification in the intermediate horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus affinis) in Southern China. Molecular Ecology 19, 2754-2769.

Mao X, Zhang J, Zhang S and Rossiter SJ (2010) Historical male-mediated introgression in horseshoe bats revealed by multi-locus DNA sequence data. Molecular Ecology 19, 1352-1366.

Peel AJ, Rossiter SJ, Wood JLN, Cunningham AA and Sargan DR (2010) Characterization of microsatellite loci in the straw-colored fruit bat, Eidolon helvum (Pteropodidae). Conservation Genetics Resources 2, 279-282.

Wei L, Flanders JR, Rossiter SJ, Miller-Butterworth CM, Zhang LB and Zhang S (2010) Phylogeography of the Japanese pipistrelle bat in China: the impact of ancient and recent events on population genetic structure. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 99, 582-594.

Liu Y, Cotton JA, Shen B, Han X, Rossiter SJ and Zhang S (2010) Convergent sequence evolution between echolocating bats and dolphins. Current Biology 20, R53-54.




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