Prof Richard Abbott:
Emeritus Professor

Prof Richard Abbott

Prof Richard Abbott
Dyers Brae
University of St Andrews
St Andrews
KY16 9TH

tel: 01334 463350
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School of Biology
Centre for Biological Diversity
Evolution, Genes and Genomics Group

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Plant evolution and systematics with emphasis on population genetic structure, mating system evolution, phylogeography, speciation, molecular systematics, and the developmental genetics of flowers. I have a particular interest in speciation in European Senecio, the evolutionary history of arctic plants, and genes influencing flower head development in the Asteraceae.


BSc Wales (Bangor), DPhil Oxford

Senior Editor: Molecular Ecology
Subject Editor: Plant Ecology & Diversity
Editorial Board: Journal of Systematics & Evolution

Research Interests

Plant Evolution with emphasis on population genetic structure, mating system evolution, phylogeography, speciation, molecular systematics, and the developmental genetics of flowers. I have a particular interest in the evolutionary consequences of hybridization.

Selected publications

Chen J-H, Huang Y, Brachi B, Yun Q-Z, Zhang W, Lu W, Li H-N, Li W-Q, Sun X-D, Wang G-Y, He J, Zhou Z, Chen K-Y, Ji Y-H, Shi M-M, Sun W-G, Yang Y-P, Zhang R-G, Abbott RJ, Sun H (2019) Genome-wide analysis of Cushion willow provides insights into alpine plant divergence in a biodiversity hotspot. Nature Communications 10: article 5230.

Brennan AC, Hiscock SJ, Abbott RJ (2019) Completing the hybridization triangle: the inheritance of genetic incompatibilities during homoploid hybrid speciation in ragworts (Senecio). AoB Plants 11: ply078

Ma T, Wang K, Hu Q, Xi Z, Wan D, Wang Q, Feng J, Jiang D, Ahani H, Abbott RJ, Lascoux M, Nevo E, Liu J (2018) Ancient polymorphisms and divergent hitchhiking contribute to genomic islands of divergence within a poplar species complex. PNAS 115: E236-E243.

Abbott RJ (2017) Plant speciation across environmental gradients and the occurrence and nature of hybrid zones. J. Syst. Evol.55: 238-258.

Abbott RJ, Barton NH, Good JM (2016) Genomics of hybridization and ite evolutionary consequences. Mol. Ecol. 25: 2325-2332.

Abbott RJ, Brennan AC (2014) Altitudinal gradients, plant hybrid zones and evolutionary novelty. Phil. Trans. Roy. Soc. B 369: 20130346.

Abbott R, Albach D, Ansell S, Arntzen JW, Baird SJE, Bierne N, Boughman J, Brelsford A, Buerkle CA, Buggs R, Butlin RK, Diekmann U, Eroukhmanoff F, Grill, A, Helms Cahan S, Hermansen JS, Hewitt G, Hudson AG, Jiggins C, Jones J, Keller B, Maczewski T, Mallet J, Martinez-Rodriguez P, Most M, Mullen S, Nichols R, Nolte AW, Parisod C, Pfennig K, Rice AM, Ritchie MG, Seifert B, Smadja CM, Stelkens R, Szymura JM, Vainola R, Wolf JBW, Zinner D (2013) Hybridization and speciation. J. Evol. Biol. 26:229-246.

Abbott RJ, Hegarty MJ, Hiscock SJ, Brennan AC (2010) Homoploid hybrid speciation in action. Taxon 59:1375-1386.

Kim M, Cui M-L, Cubas P, Gillies A, Lee K, Chapman MA, Abbott RJ, Coen E (2008) Regulatory genes control a key morphological and ecological trait transferred between species. Science 322:1116-1119.

James JK, Abbott RJ (2005) Recent, allopatric, homoploid hybrid speciation: the origin ofSenecio squalidus (Asteraceae), in the British Isles from a hybrid zone on Mount Etna, Sicily. Evolution 59:2533-2547.

Abbott RJ, Brochmann C (2003) History and evolution of the arctic flora: in the footsteps of Eric Hultén. Mol. Ecol.12:299-313.

Milne RI, Abbott RJ (2002) The origin and evolution of Tertiary relict floras. Adv. Bot. Res. 38:281-314.

Comes HP, Abbott RJ (2001) Molecular phylogeography, reticulation and lineage sorting in the Mediterranean species complex of Senecio sect. Senecio (Asteraceae). Evolution 55:1943-1962.

Abbott RJ, Smith LC, Milne RI, Crawford RMM, Wolff K, Balfour J (2000) Molecular analysis of plant migration and evolution in the Arctic. Science 289:1343-1346.

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Recent Publications:

5 (of 181 /dk/atira/pure/researchoutput/status/published available) for rja (source: University of St Andrews PURE)
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Senecio as a model system for integrating studies of genotype, phenotype and fitness Greg M. Walter, Richard John Abbott, Adrian Christopher Brennan, Jon R. Bridle, James Clark, Dmitry Filatov, Bruno Nevado, Daniel Ortiz-Barrientos, Simon J. Hiscock
New Phytologist 2020 vol. 226 pp. 326-344
A mixing-isolation-mixing model of speciation can potentially explain hotspots of species diversity Richard John Abbott
National Science Review 2019 vol. 6 pp. 290-291
Ancient introgression drives adaptation to cooler and drier mountain habitats in a cypress species complex Y-Z Ma, J Wang, Q-J Hu, J-L Li, Y-S Sun, L Zhang, Richard John Abbott, J-Q Liu, K-S Mao
Communications Biology 2019 vol. 2
Completing the hybridization triangle Adrian C. Brennan, Simon J. Hiscock, Richard John Abbott
AoB Plants 2019 vol. 11
Divergence and reproductive isolation between two closely related allopatric Iris species Sergei Volis, Yong-Hong Zhang, Tao Deng, Michael Dorman, Michael Blecher, Richard John Abbott
Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 2019 vol. 127 pp. 377-389