Welcome to Angus Davison's lab website.

I am a Professor of Evolutionary Genetics in the School of Life Sciences at the University of Nottingham. I run a research lab, teach undergraduates and supervise postgraduates. This is my lab home page, otherwise see my University home pageLinkedIn page or @angus_davison.

In my lab, we use snails to understand evolutionary and developmental genetics. In one project, we are using snails to understand the left-right symmetry breaking event that takes place during early development, using both lab and field-based studies: just how is chirality determined at the molecular level? In another project, we are investigating the evolutionary origins of supergenes, using the charismatic snail Cepaea. Finally, as snails are one of the most speciose groups, we are using new technologies to understand how this biodiversity has come about, by investigating a model adaptive radiation of snails in subtropical Japan (Ogasawara). All of these projects are technology led: new DNA sequencing techniques are enabling us to do what was not possible only a few years ago.

"Nature is often complicated" is the opening line from Bryan Clarke's 1979 paper "The evolution of genetic diversity" (Proc. R. Soc. Lond. B 205, 453-474).

JSPS Photo competition

To commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science, JSPS London is holding a photo competition. One of the photos that I took while on a research trip to Japan has been shortlisted as a possible prize winner! Winners will be announced at the JSPS 80th anniversary photo awards, to be held at the Japanese Embassy on 14th November.

Read more: JSPS Photo competition

Euhdara genome data and Japan visit

As a sideline to his main project on the colour polymorphism of Cepaea, PhD student Paul Richards has generated a RAD Seq library for Euhadra, one of the few snails to vary in their coiling or chirality.

Read more: Euhdara genome data and Japan visit

Popgroup is over

Popgroup is over for another year - I am fairly confident that it was a success! This year, Popgroup was organised by myself, Tamsin Majerus, John Brookfield and Sara Goodacre, all Nottingham locals. In all, 225 persons attended from the UK, Europe, North America and several other continents. It was particularly pleasing to see that two Nottingham students, including Paul Richards from my lab, won the best student talk and poster prizes, with Ceridwen Fraser winning best non-student talk (media person and all round eminent snail person Professor Steve Jones was a close second). Registration for Popgroup46 in Glasgow (www.populationgeneticsgroup.org) will open later in the year.


Registration for Popgroup45 (www.populationgeneticsgroup.org) is open - and will soon be closed!

In case you don't know, Popgroup is an annual international conference of population genetics and evolution. This year, Popgroup is being held at Nottingham, organised by myself, Prof John Brookfield, Dr Sara Goodacre and Dr. Tamsin Majerus. More than 170 persons have registered already - still room for a few more before the registration closing date of 9th Dec.