Post-Docs


James Baxter-Gilbert

James Baxter-Gilbert

Invasion-derived phenotypic divergence: What traits promote invasion success in Guttural Toads?

I propose to use the model system of the Guttural Toad in Africa to understand their invasion success through the investigations of divergent phenotypic traits and rapid, localised evolution. This project will provide insight as to how these invasive populations are adapting to their novel environments. This may in turn provide the foundation for actions to be taken to weaken range expansion potential, (e.g., targeted gene flow). I also plan to utilize a similar research framework to that which has been used in studies of the invasive Cane Toad. This will allow direct comparison between the evolutionary processes and the phenotypic changes that facilitates invasion success in both species of invasive toad.