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Present and former Collaborators

Find butterfly genetic resources and more links at www.heliconius.org.

Here are the people I work or have worked with.

Jim Mallet, Harvard university, US
Diversification and reproductive isolation mechanisms in various insects, including mimetic butterflies. A mine of information on Lepidoptera and mimicry on his webpage.

Chris Jiggins, University of Cambridge, UK
Speciation and colour patterns in Heliconius. Discovery of colour-pattern genes in Heliconius melpomene. Grandson of the first person in the UK to be able to sex day-old chickens.

Violaine Llaurens, CNRS / Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris
Studies of all forms of balancing selection, and their consequences for instance on dominance. Working on various models, including mathematical ones, but has now joined the Heliconius community to work on the amazing polymorphism found in Heliconius numata.

Marianne Elias, CNRS / Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris
Ecology and phylogenetics of mimicry in South American butterflies (Ithomiinae). Other research interests such as the evolution of domesticated plants and ant societies.

Richard ffrench-Constant, University of Exeter in Cornwall, UK. Evolutionary genetics of adaptation. Collaboration on genomics in Heliconius and Papilio butterflies.

Shen-Horn Yen, National Sun Yat-sen University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Research on many aspects of Lepidoptera biology. Collaboration on the amazing female-limited polymorphism in the mormon swallowtail Papilio memnon.

Paul Brakefield, Department of Zoology, Cambridge University, UK
Radiating butterflies! Evolutionary biology and evo-devo of butterfly colour patterns. Turned wild tropical butterflies into behaved lab rats.

Christoph Haag, CEFE-CNRS, Montpellier. Evolutionary genetics of subdivided populations. Collaboration on the signature of balancing selection in the supergene of H. numata.

Yoh Iwasa, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan
Modeller of every encountered biological phenomenon.

Isabelle Olivieri, University of Montpellier, France
First ever "Professor of Genetics" in the long history of the University of Montpellier.

Gerardo Lamas, Universidad Nacional Mayor San Marcos, Lima, Peru
World expert on the systematics of Neotropical Lepidoptera.
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Jesús Mavárez, LECA-CNRS, Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble
Hybridization and speciation in Heliconius and other butterflies, plants, fish, snails, you name it. Microsatelite and RAD wizard.


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