Dr. Laura Ross

NERC independent research fellow


Institute of Evolutionary Biology

University of Edinburgh



The focus of my research is to understand why reproduction is so variable across life. I am esspecially interested in the evolution of "asymmetric" reproduction, where mothers and fathers do not contribute equally to the genetic material of their offspring. These systems are present in approximately 15% of all animal species, but their evolution and evolutionary consequences remain poorly understood.

I aim to increase our understanding of "asymmetric" reproduction using a combination of comparative, theoretical and experimental approaches. 



Christina Hodson has joined my lab as a PhD candidates in October 2016

Isabelle Vea received a Marie Curie fellowship to join my lab in January 2017

Laura Ross was awarded the early career award at the International Symposium on Scale Insect Studies

Review article on "Sex determination, sex chromosomes and karyotype evolution in insects" out in the Journal of Heridity, download the pdf here

New publication on Social behaviour in insects now out in Ecology letters, download the pdf here