I am a NERC funded PhD student interested in identifying the genetic component of phenotypic variation between species and how that relates to phylogenies. My work focuses on investigating the mechanisms of speciation.
My PhD project aims to produce an accurate construction of the horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus) phylogeny and identify of the cause of their adaptation and diversification through large-scale Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) techniques and molecular analyses.
My work in the Rossiter lab combines large dataset-style bioinformatic techniques with NGS wet lab work and work in the field. In 2012 I spent 10 weeks in South East Asia trapping horseshoe bats. The data I collected in the field has then been combined with the vast quanities of molecular data I have collected from museum’s valuable collections all around the world.
I am using NGS targeted sequence capture techniques to recover thousands of loci from the hundreds of species provided by my collaborators at the Royal Ontario Museum (Canada), The Field Museum (USA), The Harrison Institute (UK), the Hungarian Natural History Museum (Hungary), Bogazici University (Turkey) and the Ditsong National Museum of Natural History (South Africa).