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Mr Benjamin Aaron Taylor MSc

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Benjamin is currently working on an NERC/BBSRC funded project studying the role of plasticity in adaptive divergence with Dr Mark Chapman and Dr Tom Ezard.

2017-2021: PhD, University College London, UK. Thesis title: The evolution and mechanisms of reproductive plasticity in vespid wasps.

2011-2016: MSc Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge, UK.

Research interests

My broad interest is in the processes by which organismal plasticity shapes, and is shaped by, evolution. During my PhD with Professor Seirian Sumner I investigated the mechanisms by which reproductive plasticity has been lost in the evolution of ‘superorganismal’ social insect societies. In my current role, working with Dr Mark Chapman and Dr Tom Ezard, I am studying the role of plasticity in adaptive (and non-adaptive) divergence. In this project we are conducting experiments with morphologically diverse Brassica and Raphanus species to dissect the role of plasticity in domestication (as a model for evolution more generally).

Research group

Ecology and Evolution

Research project(s)

The contribution of plasticity to adaptive divergence: domestication as a model

Mr Benjamin Aaron Taylor
School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences
Life Sciences Building 85
University of Southampton
Highfield Campus
SO17 1BJ

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