University of St Andrews

Prof Mike Ritchie

Dyers Brae
University of St Andrews
St Andrews
KY16 9TH

Evolutionary Biology and Speciation


His research interests concerns the evolutionary genetics of behaviours which influence sexual isolation in insect species, and other approaches to the study of speciation. Research projects involve analyses of the inheritance and geographic variation of courtship signals and preferences of Drosophila and crickets. Also, quantitative trait loci analysis of interspecific differences in song and pheromones of Drosophila, and phylogeographic analysis of insects and fish.



Debelle, A, Ritchie, MG & Snook, RR 2016, 'Sexual selection and assortative mating: an experimental test' Journal of Evolutionary Biology, vol 29, no. 7, pp. 1307-1316. DOI: 10.1111/jeb.12855
Diao, W, Mousset, M, Horsburgh, GJ, Vermeulen, CJ, Johannes, F, van de Zande, L, Ritchie, MG, Schmitt, T & Beukeboom, LW 2016, 'Quantitative trait locus analysis of mating behavior and male sex pheromones in Nasonia wasps' G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics, vol 6, no. 6, pp. 1549-1562. DOI: 10.1534/g3.116.029074
Parker, DJ, Ritchie, MG & Kankare, M 2016, 'Preparing for winter: the transcriptomic response associated with different day lengths in Drosophila montana' G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics, vol 6, no. 5, pp. 1373-1381. DOI: 10.1534/g3.116.027870
Ala-Honkola, O, Ritchie, MG & Veltsos, P 2016, 'Postmating–prezygotic isolation between two allopatric populations of Drosophila montana: fertilisation success differs under sperm competition' Ecology and Evolution, vol 6, no. 6, pp. 1679–1691. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.1995
Cunningham, CB, Ji, L, Wiberg, RAW, Shelton, J, McKinney, EC, Parker, DJ, Meagher, RB, Benowitz, KM, Roy-Zokan, EM, Ritchie, MG, Brown, SJ, Schmitz, RJ & Moore, AJ 2015, 'The genome and methylome of a beetle with complex social behavior, Nicrophorus vespilloides (Coleoptera: Silphidae)' Genome Biology and Evolution, vol 7, no. 12, pp. 3383-3396. DOI: 10.1093/gbe/evv194
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