Patrik Nosil
Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Simon Fraser University, 2006

Ramaley C105 (office)
Nosil Lab (lab)

Lab website

Patrik  Nosil
Research Interests My primary research focuses on the evolutionary processes driving and constraining the formation of new species (speciation). In particular, I am interested in the role of adaptation to new ecological environments, via natural selection, in the speciation process. Related interests concern the impact of natural selection on genomic divergence, predator-prey interactions, and macro-evolutionary patterns of character evolution. Various data are used to address these topics, including field observations, manipulative field experiments, laboratory experiments, and molecular data from both genotypic and DNA sequence data. The molecular work spans a range of sub-disciplines, including evolutionary genetics, population genetics, population genomics, and phylogenetics. I also aim to combine and integrate these empirical studies with theoretical work and comparative analyses. My research has focused on host-plant adaptation and speciation of herbivorous insects (particularly Timema walking-stick insects in California), although I have also worked with freshwater stickleback fishes and am interested in exploring non-insect systems.
Selected Publications

Nosil, P., and S. Flaxman. 2011. Conditions for mutation-order speciation. Proc. R. Soc. Lond B. 278: 399-407.

Michel, A.P., S. Sim, T. Powell, P. Nosil, and J.L. Feder. 2010. Widespread genomic divergence during sympatric speciation. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 107: 9724-9729.

Feder, J.L., and P. Nosil. 2010. The efficacy of divergence hitchhiking in generating genomic islands during ecological speciation. Evolution 64: 1729-1747.

Nosil, P., L. Harmon, and O. Seehausen. 2009. Ecological explanations for (incomplete) speciation. Trends Ecol. Evol. 24: 145-156.

Nosil, P., D.J. Funk, and D. Ortiz-Barrientos. 2009. Divergent selection and heterogeneous genomic divergence. Mol. Ecol. 18: 375-402.

Nosil, P., S.P. Egan and D.J. Funk. 2008. Heterogeneous genomic differentiation between walking-stick ecotypes: