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Does a moving hybrid zone leave a genomic footprint?

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 269˙857 €
 EC max contribution 269˙857 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-GF
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-02-01   to  2019-01-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD UK (SHEFFIELD) coordinator 269˙857.00


 Project objective

Species are the currency of biodiversity. However, during the early stages of their evolution, species are difficult to delineate, as barriers to gene flow are not yet complete. Range expansions and contractions exaggerate the reshuffling of the genomes of hybridizing species. The key objective of this project is to experimentally test the theoretical prediction that, under hybrid zone movement, genes derived from a displaced species are left behind in the genome of an invading species, leaving a ‘genomic footprint’. I will fill an empirical void by, for the first time, testing this critical hypothesis in the wild, using genome-scale data. I have established a study system (the newt genus Triturus) that is particularly appropriate because it shows strong evidence in support of hybrid zone movement over considerable time and distance. To obtain genome-wide data, I will be trained in the cutting-edge genomic technique of target enrichment through sequence capture during the outgoing phase at the lab of Prof. Shaffer at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). To transfer this important new piece of knowledge back to Europe, I will implement target enrichment through sequence capture during the return phase at the beneficiary, the University of Sheffield (USFD). At USFD the group of Prof. Butlin has unmatched expertise in hybridization/speciation research and excels in the analytical approaches required to uncover a genomic footprint. Human activities have intensified hybridization and I propose a secondment to work together with conservationists and legislators to tackle the insidious conservation problem of genetic pollution by exotic species.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Ben Wielstra
Historical hybrid zone movement: More pervasive than appreciated
published pages: , ISSN: 0305-0270, DOI: 10.1111/jbi.13600
Journal of Biogeography 2019-09-02
2019 Üzüm, N., A. Avcı, K. Olgun, U. Bülbül, M. Fahrbach, S.N. Litvinchuk & B. Wielstra
Cracking cryptic species: external characters to distinguish two recently recognized banded newt species (Ommatotriton ophryticus and O. nesterovi)
published pages: 131-134, ISSN: 0036-3375, DOI:
Salamandra 55(2) 2019-09-02
2019 Ben Wielstra
Triturus newts
published pages: R110-R111, ISSN: 0960-9822, DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2018.12.049
Current Biology 29/4 2019-09-02
2019 B. Wielstra, E. McCartney-Melstad, J.W. Arntzen, R.K. Butlin, H.B. Shaffer
Phylogenomics of the adaptive radiation of Triturus newts supports gradual ecological niche expansion towards an incrementally aquatic lifestyle
published pages: 120-127, ISSN: 1055-7903, DOI: 10.1016/j.ympev.2018.12.032
Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 133 2019-09-02
2019 I van Riemsdijk, R K Butlin, B Wielstra, J W Arntzen
Testing an hypothesis of hybrid zone movement for toads in France
published pages: https://onlineli, ISSN: 0962-1083, DOI: 10.1111/mec.15005
Molecular Ecology 2019-09-02
2018 Ben Wielstra, Daniele Canestrelli, Milena Cvijanović, Mathieu Denoël, Anna Fijarczyk, Daniel Jablonski, Marcin Liana, Borislav Naumov, Kurtuluş Olgun, Maciej Pabijan, Alice Pezzarossa, Georgi Popgeorgiev, Daniele Salvi, Yali Si, Neftalí Sillero, Konstantinos Sotiropoulos, Piotr Zieliński, Wiesław Babik
The distributions of the six species constituting the smooth newt species complex (Lissotriton vulgaris sensu lato and L. montandoni) – an addition to the New Atlas of Amphibians and Reptiles of Europe
published pages: 252-259, ISSN: 0173-5373, DOI: 10.1163/15685381-17000128
Amphibia-Reptilia 39/2 2019-09-02
2018 Jan W. Arntzen, Nazan Üzüm, Maja D. Ajduković, Ana Ivanović, Ben Wielstra
Absence of heterosis in hybrid crested newts
published pages: e5317, ISSN: 2167-8359, DOI: 10.7717/peerj.5317
PeerJ 6 2019-09-02
2018 Isolde van Riemsdijk, Laurens van Nieuwenhuize, Iñigo Martínez-Solano, Jan W. Arntzen, Ben Wielstra
Molecular data reveal the hybrid nature of an introduced population of banded newts (Ommatotriton) in Spain
published pages: 249-254, ISSN: 1566-0621, DOI: 10.1007/s10592-017-1004-0
Conservation Genetics 19/1 2019-09-02
2017 B. Wielstra, T. Burke, R. K. Butlin, J. W. Arntzen
A signature of dynamic biogeography: enclaves indicate past species replacement
published pages: 20172014, ISSN: 0962-8452, DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2017.2014
Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 284/1868 2019-09-02
2017 Ben Wielstra, Terry Burke, Roger K. Butlin, Aziz Avcı, Nazan Üzüm, Emin Bozkurt, Kurtuluş Olgun, Jan W. Arntzen
A genomic footprint of hybrid zone movement in crested newts
published pages: 93-101, ISSN: 2056-3744, DOI: 10.1002/evl3.9
Evolution Letters 1/2 2019-09-02
2016 B. Wielstra, T. Burke, R. K. Butlin, O. Schaap, H. B. Shaffer, K. Vrieling, J. W. Arntzen
Efficient screening for ‘genetic pollution’ in an anthropogenic crested newt hybrid zone
published pages: 553-560, ISSN: 1877-7252, DOI: 10.1007/s12686-016-0582-3
Conservation Genetics Resources 8/4 2019-09-02
2017 Ben Wielstra, Piotr ZieliŃski, WiesŁaw Babik
The Carpathians hosted extra-Mediterranean refugia-within-refugia during the Pleistocene Ice Age: genomic evidence from two newt genera
published pages: 605-613, ISSN: 0024-4066, DOI: 10.1093/biolinnean/blx087
Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 122/3 2019-09-02
2017 Isolde van Riemsdijk, Jan W. Arntzen, Sergé Bogaerts, Michael Franzen, Spartak N. Litvinchuk, Kurtuluş Olgun, Ben Wielstra
The Near East as a cradle of biodiversity: A phylogeography of banded newts (genus Ommatotriton ) reveals extensive inter- and intraspecific genetic differentiation
published pages: 73-81, ISSN: 1055-7903, DOI: 10.1016/j.ympev.2017.05.028
Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 114 2019-09-02

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