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Welcome to Angus Davison's lab website.

I am an Associate Professor and Reader in Evolutionary Genetics in the School of Life Sciences at the University of Nottingham. I run a research lab, teach undergraduates and supervise postgraduates. I am also the Careers Officer for the Biology group of degrees. This is my lab home page, otherwise see my University home pageLinkedIn page or @angus_davison.

In my lab, we use snails as a comparative model to understand evolutionary and developmental genetics. In one project, we are using snails to understand the left-right symmetry breaking event that takes place during early development, using both lab and field-based studies: just how is chirality determined at the molecular level? In another project, we are investigating the evolutionary origins of supergenes, using the charismatic snail Cepaea. Finally, as snails are one of the most speciose groups, we are using new technologies to understand how this biodiversity has come about, by investigating a model adaptive radiation of snails in subtropical Japan (Ogasawara). All of these projects are technology led: new DNA sequencing techniques are enabling us to do what was not possible only a few years ago.

"Nature is often complicated" is the opening line from Bryan Clarke's 1979 paper "The evolution of genetic diversity" (Proc. R. Soc. Lond. B 205, 453-474).


COMATs - something special?

New open access paper just published in the International Journal of Developmental Biology

The early animal embryo is entirely reliant on maternal gene products for a ‘jump-start’ that transforms a transcriptionally inactive embryo into a fully functioning zygote. Despite extensive work on model species, it has not been possible to perform a comprehensive comparison of maternally-provisioned transcripts across the Bilateria because of the absence of a suitable dataset from the Lophotrochozoa (molluscs, annelids + others).

Read more: COMATs - something special?

BBSRC DTP-funded PhD position

BBSRC DTP-funded PhD position at the University of Nottingham.

"From pests to paradise: control and conservation of molluscan biodiversity".

Snails and slugs are a major crop pest, with a few introduced species causing worldwide problems. Yet, they are difficult to identify and we have little idea of how this biodiversity has come about, hindering appropriate control and conservation efforts.

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A successful defence

A successful defence - Paul Richards passed his PhD, on "Polymorphism and Speciation in Pulmonate Land Snails: New Perspectives from Restriction Site Associated DNA Sequencing". The Internal examiner was Dr Sara Goodacre and the external was Dr John Grahame. Congratulations Paul!

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Professor Bryan Clarke FRS

Professor Bryan Clarke, FRS, a long-time collaborator, mentor and eminent person of evolutionary genetics has died.

Read more: Professor Bryan Clarke FRS