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Chromosomal rearrangements and diversification on environmental gradients

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Project "INVERTIDAL" data sheet

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postcode: S10 2TN

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 183˙454 €
 EC max contribution 183˙454 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2015
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-09-01   to  2018-08-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD UK (SHEFFIELD) coordinator 183˙454.00


 Project objective

Chromosomal rearrangements (CRs) are considered to foster adaptation (and speciation) by protecting advantageous combinations of alleles from recombination. This is supported by the frequent observation of inversion clines linked to environmental gradients. However, direct evidence for the proposed allelic interactions within CRs and their role in diversification remains elusive. The rocky intertidal is a natural laboratory to study adaptation along gradients and its contribution to speciation. In particular, the parallel evolution of divergent ecotypes in Littorina saxatilis offers a unique opportunity to investigate the genetic basis of phenotypic variation associated with spatial environmental changes (i.e. the genomic architecture of adaptation and speciation). Although advances on genomics have allowed the identification of loci involved in these processes, the role of structural variation has not yet been tested. Here I propose an interdisciplinary project that will combine data on genome organization, genotype and phenotype with modelling and existing ecological and behavioural information; aiming to provide a more complete view of adaptation and diversification when facing abrupt environmental changes. Prof. Butlin, at the University of Sheffield, will give me access to a leading research group in adaptation and speciation genomics and to a highly stimulating department in evolutionary biology; while during two secondments (at University Pompeu Fabra and University of Bari) I will receive further specialized training on CR detection. These new skills in cutting-edge research will put me in a privileged position to establish myself as an independent researcher. The outcome of INVERTIDAL will not only have an impact on basic evolutionary knowledge but will also address a major societal concern (climate change) and give key information to biodiversity managers, helping to bridge research and decision-making, in line with the Horizon2020 framework.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 M. Ravinet, R. Faria, R. K. Butlin, J. Galindo, N. Bierne, M. Rafajlović, M. A. F. Noor, B. Mehlig, A. M. Westram
Interpreting the genomic landscape of speciation: a road map for finding barriers to gene flow
published pages: 1450-1477, ISSN: 1010-061X, DOI: 10.1111/jeb.13047
Journal of Evolutionary Biology 30/8 2019-06-13
2017 João P. Marques, Graciela Sotelo, Tomas Larsson, Kerstin Johannesson, Marina Panova, Rui Faria
Comparative mitogenomic analysis of three species of periwinkles: Littorina fabalis , L. obtusata and L. saxatilis
published pages: 41-47, ISSN: 1874-7787, DOI: 10.1016/j.margen.2016.10.006
Marine Genomics 32 2019-06-13
2018 Rui Faria, Pragya Chaube, Hernán E. Morales, Tomas Larsson, Alan R. Lemmon, Emily Moriarty Lemmon, Marina Rafajlović, Marina Panova, Mark Ravinet, Kerstin Johannesson, Anja M. Westram, Roger K. Butlin
Multiple chromosomal rearrangements in a hybrid zone between Littorina saxatilis ecotypes
published pages: , ISSN: 1365-294X, DOI:
Molecular Ecology 2019-04-18
2018 Anja M. Westram, Marina Rafajlović, Pragya Chaube, Rui Faria, Tomas Larsson, Marina Panova, Mark Ravinet, Anders Blomberg, Bernhard Mehlig, Kerstin Johannesson, Roger Butlin
Clines on the seashore: The genomic architecture underlying rapid divergence in the face of gene flow
published pages: 297-309, ISSN: 2056-3744, DOI: 10.1002/evl3.74
Evolution Letters 2/4 2019-04-18
2018 Rui Faria, Deborah Triant, Alvaro Perdomo-Sabogal, Bert Overduin, Christoph Bleidorn, Clara Isabel Bermudez Santana, David Langenberger, Giovanni Marco Dall’Olio, Henrike Indrischek, Jan Aerts, Jan Engelhardt, Johannes Engelken, Katja Liebal, Mario Fasold, Sofia Robb, Sonja Grath, Sree Rohit Raj Kolora, Tiago Carvalho, Walter Salzburger, Vladimir Jovanovic, Katja Nowick
Introducing evolutionary biologists to the analysis of big data: guidelines to organize extended bioinformatics training courses
published pages: , ISSN: 1936-6426, DOI: 10.1186/s12052-018-0080-z
Evolution: Education and Outreach 11/1 2019-04-18

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