Prof Richard Abbott

Emeritus Professor

Dyers Brae DB11
tel. 01334 463350
fax. 01334 463366

BSc Wales (Bangor), DPhil Oxford

Senior Editor:  Molecular Ecology
Associate Editor:  Plant Ecology & Diversity

Research Interests

Plant Evolution with emphasis on population genetic structure, mating system evolution, phylogeography, speciation, molecular systematics, and the developmental genetics of flowers. I have a particular interest in the evolutionary consequences of hybridization, the evolutionary history of arctic plants, and genes influencing flower head development in the Asteraceae.

Recent projects

1.   The genomic basis of adaptation and species divergence in Senecio. (Co-I on NERC Grant, in collaboration with Prof. Simon Hiscock (PI), Bristol University, and Dr Matt Hegarty (CoI), Aberystwyth University, 2009-2012).

2.  Plant speciation in western China. (Royal Society Joint  International Project, in collaboration with Prof Jian-Quan Liu, Lanzhou and Chengdu Universities, 2010-2012).

Selected publications

Abbott RJ, Barton NH, Good JM (2016) Genomics of hybridization and ite evolutionary consequences. Molecular Ecology 25: 2325-2332.

Brennan AC, Hiscock SJ, Abbott RJ (2014) Interspecific crossing and genetic mapping reveal intrinsic genomic incompatibility between two Senecio species that form a hybrid zone on Mount Etna, Sicily. Heredity 113: 195-204.

Abbott RJ, Brennan AC (2014) Altitudinal gradients, plant hybrid zones and evolutionary novelty. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 369: 20130346.  doi:10.1098/rstb.2013.0346

Abbott R, Albach D, Ansell S, Arntzen JW, Baird SJE, Bierne N, Boughman J, Brelsford A, Buerkle CA, Buggs R, Butlin RK, Diekmann U, Eroukhmanoff F, Grill, A, Helms Cahan S, Hermansen JS, Hewitt G, Hudson AG, Jiggins C, Jones J, Keller B, Maczewski T, Mallet J, Martinez-Rodriguez P, Most M, Mullen S, Nichols R, Nolte AW, Parisod C, Pfennig K, Rice AM, Ritchie MG, Seifert B, Smadja CM, Stelkens R, Szymura JM, Vainola R, Wolf JBW, Zinner D (2013) Hybridization and speciation. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 26:229-246.

Abbott RJ, Hegarty MJ, Hiscock SJ, Brennan AC (2010) Homoploid hybrid speciation in action. Taxon 59:1375-1386.

Kim M, Cui M-L, Cubas P, Gillies A, Lee K, Chapman MA, Abbott RJ, Coen E (2008) Regulatory genes control a key morphological and ecological trait transferred between species. Science 322:1116-1119.

James JK, Abbott RJ  (2005) Recent, allopatric, homoploid hybrid speciation: the origin ofSenecio squalidus (Asteraceae), in the British Isles from a hybrid zone on Mount Etna, Sicily. Evolution 59:2533-2547.

Abbott RJ, Brochmann C (2003) History and evolution of the arctic flora: in the footsteps of Eric Hultén. Molecular Ecology 12:299-313.

Milne RI, Abbott RJ (2002) The origin and evolution of Tertiary relict floras. Advances in Botanical Research 38:281-314.

Comes HP, Abbott RJ (2001) Molecular phylogeography, reticulation and lineage sorting in the Mediterranean species complex of Senecio sect. Senecio (Asteraceae). Evolution 55:1943-1962.

Abbott RJ, Smith LC, Milne RI, Crawford RMM, Wolff K, Balfour J (2000) Molecular analysis of plant migration and evolution in the Arctic. Science 289:1343-1346.

(source: symbiosis database)