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Dr Lori-Jayne Lawson Handley


Lecturer in Evolutionary Biology


University of Hull

Ladybird research keywords

Population genetics, evolutionary genetics, invasive species, harlequin ladybird, sex-biased dispersal.

Description of work

I am a lecturer in Evolutionary Biology at the University of Hull. My research interests span quite a diverse range of topics within the general realm of evolutionary genetics, but basically I use population genetics approaches to understand the fundamental evolutionary and demographic processes that determine the genetic make-up of populations. My recent work has focused on the evolutionary biology of invasive species, in particular the harlequin ladybird, human migration and settlement history, and evolutionary causes and consequences of sex-biased dispersal in animal populations.

Key publications

Lawson Handley, L-J. & Perrin, N. (2007). Advances in our understanding of mammalian sex-biased dispersal. Molecular Ecology 16:1559-1578.

Lawson Handley, L-J., Manica, A., Goudet, J. & Balloux, F. (2007). Going the distance: Human population genetics in a clinal world. Trends in Genetics 23(9): 432-439.

Hammond, R.L., Lawson Handley, L-J., Winney, B.J., Bruford, M.W. & Perrin, N. (2006). Genetic evidence for female-biased dispersal and gene flow in a polygynous primate. Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences 273:479-484.

Web Link

Harlequin aggregation

Lori likes a good party.
(photo: Keith Waldegrave)