Evolutionary biology underpins the whole of the life sciences. Through the Milner Centre for Evolution, we aim to understand how and why species change over time. We aim to answer fundamental evolutionary questions such as:
- why do we have about the same number of genes as a worm but many fewer than rice?
- given our modest number of genes, why do we have such a large amount of DNA?
- can we predict which species are likely to survive a mass extinction?
We are also interested in applying evolutionary research to address real-world problems.
Our academic experts are working in a range of different areas such as biology, biochemistry, health and education.
Have a look at our staff list to get an overview of our Centre and if you are after a specific person.
We can comment on a wide range of topics, including:
- antibiotic resistance
- diet and immunity
- evolution of behaviour
- evolution of genes
- evolution of sex
- evolutionary trees
- gene therapy
- genome sequencing
- how plants respond to their environment
- mass extinction
- nature versus nurture
- stem cells
- tracking superbug epidemics
- why microbes make you ill
Our academic experts have extensive experience of commenting in the media on evolutionary biology topics.
Dr Nick Longrich, palaeontologist, comments in the media:
We publish regularly in The Conversation:
Find an expert and get in touch with them
The easiest way to get in touch with an expert on a particular topic is through our press office.
Contact our Press Officer Vicky Just with your requirements and she will put you in touch with one of our experts.