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  1. Oh, K.P., G.L. Conte, and K.L. Shaw 2013. Founder effects and the evolution of asymmetrical sexual isolation in a rapidly-speciating clade. Current Zoology In press
  2. Conte, G.L., and D. Schluter 2012. Experimental confirmation that body size determines mate preference via phenotype matching in a stickleback species pair. Evolution DOI: 10.1111/evo.12041
  3. Conte, G.L., M.E. Arnegard, C.L. Peichel, and D. Schluter 2012. The probability of genetic parallelism and convergence in natural populations. Proc. R. Soc. B rspb20122146. doi:10.1098/rspb.2
  4. Via, S., G. Conte, C. Mason-Foley, and K. Mills 2012. Localizing FST outliers on a QTL map reveals evidence for large genomic regions of reduced gene exchange during speciation-with-gene-flow. Mol. Ecol. DOI: 10.1111/mec.12021
  5. Schluter, D. and G.L. Conte 2009. Genetics and ecological speciation. PNAS 106:9955-9962


Gina Conte


Web page: Home page, Lab page
Research area: Ecology, Evolution
Supervisor: D. Schluter

While thought for many years to be practically impossible, ecological speciation with gene flow now appears to be common. How co-adapted differences evolve and remain associated with one another despite interbreeding with the opposite type though, has been an intellectual challenge for decades.

The recent and repeated ecological speciation of threespine stickleback species pairs that co-occur in lakes, has become a model system for investigating such questions. For my PhD research with Dolph Schluter, I use these repeatedly evolved benthic and limnetic species pairs to investigate the genetic architecture of reproductive isolation between them. In doing so, I aim to better understand the genetic parameters under which ecological speciation with gene flow may occur and how likely the genetics of ecological speciation with gene flow are to be repeated in independently evolved species.

Last updated 24 September 2014