11/16 at 9 am – “Convergent Evolution in Butterflies: from chemicals to colour patterns”

“Convergent evolution in butterflies: from chemicals to colour patterns”
Presented by: Chris Jiggins, Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Tuesday, Nov. 16, 12:00 – 1:00 EST
THIS IS 9:00 am – 10:00 am PACIFIC TIME

Brought to you by the McGuire Center at the University of Florida in Gainsville.

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Chris Jiggins
Chris Jiggins 2021

Professor Chris Jiggins


I graduated in Natural Sciences (Zoology) here in Cambridge and then studied for my PhD in UCL with Jim Mallet. I then had a year working on a conservation project in Ecuador, before coming back to UCL for a postdoc. However, after a brief stint in Colombia, I mainly worked in Panama at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute during this time, where I was then awarded a Tupper 3 year fellowship. After various unsuccessful applications for positions in the US and the UK, I was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship at the University of Edinburgh, where I stayed for around 4 years before moving to a lectureship in Cambridge in 2006. I was promoted to Reader in 2010 and Professor in 2014.


I study adaption and speciation in the Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths). In particular I am interested in studying how species converge due to mimicry, as a model for understanding the predictability of evolution, and the genetic and ecological causes of speciation. We approach this problem from a variety of perspectives ranging from the developmental biology of wing pattern specification, through genomic studies of adaptation and divergence, through to behavioural and ecological studies in the field. We have also led the development of genomics in the Lepidoptera and recently published the full genome sequence of Heliconius melpomene. In the past my group has also studied the genetic basis of insecticide resistance in the agricultural pest, diamondback moth. Find out more about our research here

If you are interested in more information regarding Heliconius butterflies, please see www.heliconius.org. Along with my brother, Frank Jiggins, I established the Cambridge Evolutionary Genetics network to bring together like-minded researchers from across departments in Cambridge, which runs an annual seminar day and occasional journal clubs.