Dr Nicola Nadeau

School of Biosciences


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Dr Nicola Nadeau
School of Biosciences
Arthur Willis Environment Centre
Maxfield Avenue
S10 1AE
  • BSc Zoology, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (2002)
  • PhD, Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, UK (2006)
  • Post-doctoral Researcher, Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, UK (2006-2013)
  • PIP Fellow, Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield, UK (2012-2013)
  • NERC Independent Research Fellow, Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield, UK (2014-2019)
  • Lecturer, School of Biosciences, University of Sheffield, UK (2019-present)
Research interests
  • The evolution and genetics of colour pattern variation
  • The genetic and developmental control of structural colours in animals
  • The process of divergence and speciation within the genome
  • The genetic analysis of natural hybrid zones to identify loci under selection

I am interested in the genetic underpinnings of adaptive evolution, speciation and sexual selection in natural populations. Current research projects in my lab are investigating the evolution, genetics and development of iridescent structural colour and adaptation to altitude in tropical insects.


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Research group
  • Patricio Salazar-Carrion (Postdoctoral research associate, NERC)

PhD students

  • Juan Enciso (Leverhulme CABM CDT)
  • Victoria Lloyd (NERC ACCE DTP)
  • Tien Nguyen (NERC ACCE DTP)
Teaching activities

I am a Senior Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (attainment against the UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching and learning support in higher education).

I am module co-ordinator for APS220 (Evolutionary Biology) and APS359 (Topics in Zoology) and teach animal physiology as part of APS136 and analysis of genomic sequence data as part of APS61011/APS6617 I am co-ordinator for the Evolutionary Biology pathway of the MSc in Biological Sciences.

I am a tutor on APS135 and APS222. I also supervise Level 3 (APS330), Level 4 (APS406) and MRes projects. I am happy to discuss possible projects, which can range from behaviour and ecology to genomics. 

Professional activities

Deciding Editor for the Journal of Evolutionary Biology