Dr Patrik Nosil

Dr Patrik Nosil

Tel: +44 (0)114 222 0089

Email: p.nosil@sheffield.ac.uk

Room B82, Alfred Denny Building

Lab website: nosil-lab.group.shef.ac.uk/


  • BSc (1999) University of Victoria, Canada (1999)
  • PhD (2006) Simon Fraser University, Canada (2006)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of British Columbia, Canada (2006-2008)
  • Academic Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study, Wissenschaftskolleg, Berlin, Germany (2008-2009)
  • Assistant Professor, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA  (2009-2011)
  • ERC funded Independent Research Fellow, Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield, UK (2012-2014)
  • Royal Society University Research Fellow, Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield (2014-present)

Research Interests

Ecological and genomic basis of adaptation and speciation

Stick Insect

Research in the lab focuses on the evolutionary processes driving and constraining the formation of new species. In particular, we are interested in the role of adaptation to new ecological environments, via natural selection, in the speciation process. Related interests concern the impact of natural selection on genomic divergence, predator-prey interactions, eco-evolutionary dynamics and macro-evolutionary patterns of character evolution. Various data are used to address these topics, including field observations, manipulative field and lab experiments and next generation DNA sequencing data. The molecular work spans a range of sub-disciplines, including evolutionary genetics and population genomics. We also integrate these empirical studies with theoretical work and comparative analyses. Our main study system are Timema stick insects.

Current Research Group

Postdoctoral Fellows

Mortiz Muschick: Adaptive radiation. Click HERE for his website.

Victor Soria-Carrasco: Macro-evolution, computational biology.

Kei Matsubayashi: Ecological speciation in ladybird beetles.

Stuart Dennis: Population genetics, phenotypic plasticity. Click HERE for his website.

Doro Lindtke: Hybridization, population genetics, speciation. Click HERE for her website.

Romain Villoutreix: Phenotypic plasticity, population genetics.

Luke Dunning: (shared with Dr PA Christin) Evolution of C3 and C4 photosynthesis in grasses.

Kay Lucek: Structural variation in genomes and evolution.

PhD Student

Clarissa Ferreira de Carvalho

Research Assistants

Elizabeth Hellen: Bioinformatics and database management.

Colin South: Database management, systems administration, web development.