University of Aberdeen
Current Position Senior Lecturer
Telephone +44 (0)1224 274551
Departments School of Biological Sciences
Quadrat Core Themes Biodiversity


Key Research Interests

  • Macroecology including macroevolutionary dynamics
  • Evolution of niche traits (resource and abiotic tolerances)
  • Biogeographic effects on spatial genetic and trait variation
  • Community ecology, particularly the role of life history in coexistence; effects of warming on coexistence mechanisms
  • Spatial and temporal turnover in diversity

Recent Key Papers

  • LT Lancaster (2016) Widespread range expansions shape latitudinal variation in insect thermal limits. Nature climate change 6 (6), 618
  • LT Lancaster, G Morrison, RN Fitt (2017) Life history trade-offs, the intensity of competition, and coexistence in novel and evolving communities under climate change. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B 372 (1712), 20160046
  • LT Lancaster, RY Dudaniec, P Chauhan, M Wellenreuther, EI Svensson, B Hansson (2016) Gene expression under thermal stress varies across a geographical range expansion front. Molecular ecology 25 (5), 1141-1156

Summary Title of Current Studentships

  • 2018 – 2022 NERC industrial CASE studentship, “Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology for monitoring thermal microhabitats in natural and regulated rivers.”
  • 2018 – 2022 Self-funded PhD-ship, “The role of epigenetic regulation to structure freshwater biodiversity under climate change.”
  • 2017 – 2021 NERC industrial CASE studentship, “Population connectivity of native and invasive species in the Fens: What are appropriate habitats for conservation?”
  • 2017 – 2021 BBSRC Eastbio studentship, “The role of sex, climate change, and land use on the spread of aphid pesticide-resistance in the UK: a PhD project using transcriptomic and GIS-based approaches.”
  • 2017 – 2020 NERC industrial CASE studentship, “Native biodiversity in human-impacted habitats: Applying NGS technology to arthropod assemblages in semi-natural and plantation oak woodlands.”
  • 2016 – 2019 BBSRC Eastbio studentship, “Experimental niche evolution in seed beetles: Simulating responses to climate change in a currently evolving global crop pest.”
  • QUADRAT DTP student, Michael O’Connor: How do biotic interactions shape the response of species to climate change across temperate and tropical biomes? A global study on damselflies (Odonata: Zygoptera)