Richard M Merrill
Affiliation: University of Cambridge
- Ecological and genetic factors influencing the transition between host-use strategies in sympatric Heliconius butterfliesR M Merrill
Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
J Evol Biol 26:1959-67. 2013..Together, our results reveal ecological and genetic associations between shifts in habitat, host use and mimetic colour pattern that have likely facilitated both speciation and coexistence. ..
- Disruptive ecological selection on a mating cueRichard M Merrill
Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 3EJ, UK
Proc Biol Sci 279:4907-13. 2012..Our experiments showed that hybrid colour-pattern phenotypes are attacked more frequently than parental forms. For the first time, we demonstrate disruptive ecological selection on a trait that also acts as a mating cue...
- Pervasive genetic associations between traits causing reproductive isolation in Heliconius butterfliesRichard M Merrill
Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3EJ, UK
Proc Biol Sci 278:511-8. 2011..This genetic architecture in which 'speciation genes' are clustered in the genome can facilitate two controversial models of speciation, namely divergence in the face of gene flow and hybrid speciation...
- Mate preference across the speciation continuum in a clade of mimetic butterfliesRichard M Merrill
Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, Downing Street, Cambridge, CB2 3EJ, United Kingdom
Evolution 65:1489-500. 2011....
- Müllerian mimicry: sharing the load reduces the legworkRichard M Merrill
Department of Zoology, Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3EJ, UK
Curr Biol 19:R687-9. 2009..A recent study supports the theory by describing Müllerian mimicry rings in Appalachian millipedes that are analogous to those observed in tropical butterflies...
- Combined effects of climate and biotic interactions on the elevational range of a phytophagous insectRichard M Merrill
Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PS, UK
J Anim Ecol 77:145-55. 2008....
- Sexually selected traits predict patterns of species richness in a diverse clade of suboscine birdsNathalie Seddon
Edward Grey Institute of Field Ornithology, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PS, United Kingdom
Am Nat 171:620-31. 2008..This is the first study to reveal correlations between song structure and species diversity, emphasizing the importance of acoustic signals, and within-family analyses, in comparative studies of sexual selection...