Imperial College London

ProfessorAlfriedVogler

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Life Sciences (Silwood Park)

Professor of Molecular Systematics
 
 
 
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Contact

 

+44 (0)20 7942 5613a.vogler

 
 
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Location

 

Sir Alexander Fleming BuildingSouth Kensington Campus

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Summary

 

Summary

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 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.

biography

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

 

Publications

Journals

Wei Q, Yin R, Huang J, et al., 2021, The diversity of soil mesofauna declines after bamboo invasion in subtropical China., Sci Total Environ, Vol:789

Huang K, Wang J, Huang J, et al., 2021, Host Phylogeny and Diet Shape Gut Microbial Communities Within Bamboo-Feeding Insects, Frontiers in Microbiology, Vol:12, ISSN:1664-302X

Ge D, Feijó A, Wen Z, et al., 2021, Demographic history and genomic response to environmental changes in a rapid radiation of wild rats, Molecular Biology and Evolution, Vol:38, ISSN:0737-4038, Pages:1905-1923

Arribas P, Andujar C, Bidartondo MI, et al., 2021, Connecting high-throughput biodiversity inventories: Opportunities for a site-based genomic framework for global integration and synthesis, Molecular Ecology, Vol:30, ISSN:0962-1083, Pages:1120-1135

Andujar C, Creedy TJ, Arribas P, et al., 2021, Validated removal of nuclear pseudogenes and sequencing artefacts from mitochondrial metabarcode data, Molecular Ecology Resources, Vol:21, ISSN:1755-098X, Pages:1772-1787

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