We study the processes of adaptation and speciation using hybrid zones and variation within single species. These systems are ideal for studying evolutionary processes; they allow us to concentrate on the early stages of speciation and work in natural contexts. Our work focuses specifically on the phenotypic and genetic basis of adaptation and speciation and is aided by recent advances in several fields. For example, we are very interested in the role differences in seasonal migration play in speciation and the genetic basis of this behaviour syndrome. Advances in animal movement ecology and genomic are allowing answer questions we never thought possible. Much of our work focuses on single systems but wherever possible we expand out into larger comparative work using data from museum specimens and sequence archives.
- Irwin, D. E., Milá, B., Toews, D., Brelsford, A., Kenyon, H. L., Porter, A. N., ... Irwin, J. H. (2018). A comparison of genomic islands of differentiation across three young avian species pairs.. MOLECULAR ECOLOGY. 27(23), 4839-4855.
- Lugo Ramos, J. S., Delmore, K. E., & Liedvogel, M. (2017). Candidate genes for migration do not distinguish migratory and non-migratory birds.. JOURNAL OF COMPARATIVE PHYSIOLOGY A-SENSORY NEURAL AND BEHAVIORAL PHYSIOLOGY. 203(6-7), 383-397.
- Samuk, K., Owens, G. L., Delmore, K. E., Miller, S. E., Rennison, D. J., & Schluter, D. (2017). Gene flow and selection interact to promote adaptive divergence in regions of low recombination.. MOLECULAR ECOLOGY. 26(17), 4378-4390.
- Toews, D., Delmore, K. E., Osmond, M. M., Taylor, P. D., & Irwin, D. E. (2017). Migratory orientation in a narrow avian hybrid zone. PeerJ. 2017(4), e3201-e3201.
- Delmore, K. E., & Liedvogel, M. (2016). Investigating factors that generate and maintain variation in migratory orientation: A primer for recent and future work. FRONTIERS IN BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE. 10(JAN),