This is the homepage of Mark Chapman's Lab at the University of Southampton

Welcome to the Chapman lab webpage.

Major projects in the lab concern eggplant domestication, adaptive radiations in plants, the genomics and transcriptomics of high altitude adaptation, and the evolution of drought tolerance in crops.

Here's a bit of info about people in the lab. Please click on the links on the left to find out more about our research and publications.

Dr Mark Chapman (PI)

Mark graduated from the University of Leicester in 2000 with a BSc in Biology and swiftly moved to Scotland for a PhD at St. Andrews University. His supervisor was Prof. Richard Abbott and the project investigated some case studies of hybridisation and speciation in the genus Senecio (Asteraceae). In 2004 Mark crossed to 'the other side' (of the Northern Hemisphere) and began a postdoc with John Burke at Vanderbilt University, Nashville working on the domestication of sunflowers. The lab moved to the the University of Georgia in 2006.

In January 2011 Mark moved back to the UK to begin a postdoc with Dmitry Filatov at the University of Oxford working on the genetics of adaptation, and using as a model the same Senecio hybrid zone as he worked on for his PhD.

In the summer of 2013 Mark started his position at Southampton.

He is coordinator of the Centre for Underutilised Crops at Southampton.

Dr Jasmine Saban

(Postdoc - Jan 2019 onwards)

Jasmine is working on Brassica evolution, using domestication as a model to study the role of phenotypic plasticity in adaptive divergence. The work is NERC/BBSRC co-funded and is a collaboration between Mark Chapman and Tom Ezard (also at UoS).

Ms Anna Page

(PhD student - Sept 2014 onwards)

Anna is working on eggplant domestication. Her project is using GBS (Genotyping-by-Sequencing) data to (1) track the domestication history of the crop, and (2) determine regions of the genome that have been under selection during domestication.

       variation in eggplant

Mr Ollie White

(PhD student - Jan 2015 onwards)

Ollie's project, co-supervised by Mark Carine at the Natural History Museum is using GBS and RNAseq to understand (1) speciation processes in the genus Argyranthemum from the Canary Islands, and (2) the origin and genomic consequences of homoploid hybrid speciation.


Ms Rachael Graham

(PhD student - Sept 2015 onwards)

Also co-supervised by Mark Carine, Rachael is using GBS data to provide a comprehensive phylogeny of the enigmatic Canary Island Echiums and to understand how plants adapt to high altitude.


Ms Asya Alrashed

(PhD student - Oct 2016 onwards)

Asya is carrying out her PhD on the effects of drought on legume crops, and is funded by the Kuwait Public Authority of Agriculture. Her project is looking at the effect of drought on crop growth, yield and physiology. In particular she is interested in the effect of drought on nutrition, and is comparing well-known legume crops to several underutilised ones, for example winged bean, lablab and Bambara groundnut. 

Ms Amy Jackson

(PhD student - Oct 2018 onwards)

Amy is also co-supervised by Mark Carine, and is using GBS to elucidate the phylogeny of another plant radiation in the Canary Islands, that of Descurainia (Brassicaceae). She will be using whole genome sequencing to identify speciation genes in this genus.

Ms Anne Romero

(Technician - January 2019 onwards)

Anne is a graduate of the University of Southampton, and after a couple of years away completing a Masters and working with Syngenta she is back to help out on the NERC/BBSRC project investigating plasticity and domestication, using Brassicas.