John Measey

Ecological investigations in evolution, conservation and populations.

My research centres on ecological investigations incorporating a wide range of techniques to address hypotheses in evolution, conservation and population biology. My research integrates multiple areas of biology such as morphology, functional ecology, population genetics and behaviour. 

Africa’s herpetofauna (amphibians and reptiles) have many diverse body forms, which correspond with different abilities of individuals to disperse resulting in differences in gene flow between populations. Long-term ramifications of this mean that highly philopatric species (such as caecilians and chameleons) can easily become isolated, speciating, and increasing local levels of biodiversity with important consequences for their conservation. Barriers to gene flow will not be equal to all taxa, and may arise as a result of ancient vicariance or anthropogenic habitat fragmentation. On the other hand, cosmopolitan species are often able to disperse across many potential barriers resulting in large panmictic populations. My interests relate to how changes in body forms of result in different gene flow between populations across such ancient and modern barriers. I integrate a synergy of techniques including morphology, genetics and performance to address a whole range of evolutionary, conservation and population issues in ecology.

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Measey G. J. & Herrel A. 2006 Rotational feeding in caecilians: putting a spin on the evolution of cranial design Biology Letters, 2, 485-487.

Measey G.J., Vences M., Drewes R.C., Chiari Y., Melo M. & Bourles B. 2007 Freshwater paths into the ocean: molecular phylogeny of the frog Ptychadena newtoni gives insights into amphibian colonisation of oceanic islands Journal of Biogeography.34, 7-20.

Blackburn, D.C. & Measey, G.J. 2009 Dispersal to or from an African biodiversity hotspot? Molecular Ecology 18, 1904-1915.

Measey, G.J., Hopkins, K. & Tolley, K.A. 2009 Morphology, ornaments and performance in two chameleon ecomorphs: Is the casque bigger than the bite? Zoology 112, 217-226.

Measey, G.J. & Tolley, K.A. 2011. Sequential fragmentation of Pleistocene forests in an East Africa biodiversity hotspot: chameleons as a model to track forest history. PLoS-ONE 6(10): e26606


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