Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Life Sciences (Silwood Park)

Professor of Molecular Systematics



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I am a molecular systematist working on the phylogeny and evolution of species diversity in insects. My specific interest is the order Coleoptera (beetles), the arguably largest radiation of animal species on Earth, which I use as a model for an evolutionary understanding of the great diversity of living organisms. I apply genomics and phylogenetic analysis, working at all hierarchical levels, from populations to basal relationships of insect orders. Novel high-throughput sequencing methods are constantly opening up new avenues for studying taxonomy and biodiversity, in particular in poorly known groups of arthropods, such as the tropical forest canopy or the soil. Metagenomic shotgun sequencing permits the study of entire complex communities in bulk for the analysis of species richness and phylogeny directly from an environmental sample (‘soup-to-tree’). Equally, we are using environmental DNA (eDNA) and qPCR or metabarcoding approaches to characterize complex communities from soil and water in benthic marine and freshwater habitats, or to study gut content of insects and mammals. I have a joint appointment with the Natural History Museum (NHM) London where I conduct most of my research.

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Mapping the hidden arthropod biodiversity of UK soils using high-throughput sequencing

Large-scale phylogenetics to link biological trait evolution and ecological status assessment in European freshwater macroinvertebrates


1995 - present    Joint Position in Molecular Systematics, Imperial College London and Natural History Museum, London, UK (Full Professor 2006)

1991-1994       Research Scientist, Department of Entomology, American Museum of Natural History, New York, USA.

1989 -1991       Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA

Higher Education:

1988   PhD (Bacterial Genetics), University of Osnabrück, Germany, 

1984   Biology, University of Regensburg, Germany




Lopez-Lopez A, Vogler AP, 2017, The mitogenome phylogeny of Adephaga (Coleoptera), Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, Vol:114, ISSN:1055-7903, Pages:166-174

Andujar C, Arribas P, Vogler AP, 2017, Terra incognita of soil biodiversity: unseen invasions under our feet, Molecular Ecology, Vol:26, ISSN:0962-1083, Pages:3087-3089

Pu T, Vogler AP, 2017, Evolution: Taking the Sting out of Wasp Phylogenetics, Current Biology, Vol:27, ISSN:0960-9822, Pages:R358-R360

Andujar C, Arribas P, Linard B, et al., 2017, The mitochondrial genome of lberobaenia (Coleoptera: Iberobaeniidae): first rearrangement of protein-coding genes in the beetles, Mitochondrial Dna Part A, Vol:28, ISSN:2470-1394, Pages:156-158

Timmermans MJTN, Thompson MJ, Collins S, et al., 2017, Independent evolution of sexual dimorphism and female-limited mimicry in swallowtail butterflies (Papilio dardanus and Papilio phorcas), Molecular Ecology, Vol:26, ISSN:0962-1083, Pages:1273-1284

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