My research focuses on evolution under climate change, and evolutionary processes associated with geographic range limits. I am interested in how social and behavioral factors interact with changing ecological conditions to faciliate or hinder evolutionary change, and I am also investigating macroevolutionary/phylogenetic processes associated with geographic range shifts and habitat shifts. Finally, I am interested in the formation and maintenance of Mediterranean biomes.
PhD, University of California Santa Cruz, 2008. Dissertation title: Maternal Effects as Adaptations for Organizing Alternative Social and Antipredator Strategies.
Postdoctoral Fellow, National Center for Ecological Ananlysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), 2009-2012. Project title: Macroevolutionary causes of regional and habitat-based biodiversity gradients.
Postdoctoral associate, Lund University, 2012-2013. Project title: Adaptation at range limits in Ischnura elegans.
Lecturer, University of Aberdeen, 2013-
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Recent work focuses on niche evolution and population- and community-level processes associated with climate change and invasions. My current study systems include Scottish damselflies (Odonata), experimental evolution in seed beetles (Callosobruchus maculatus), and woodland arthropods across Great Britain.
Lancaster, L.T. (2016) Widespread range expansions shape latitudinal variation in insect thermal limits. Nature Climate Change. DOI: 10.1038/nclimate2945.
Lancaster, L.T., Dudaniec, R.Y., Chauhan, P., Wellenreuther, M., Svensson, E., & Hansson, B. (2016) Gene expression under thermal stress varies across a geographic range expansion front. Molecular Ecology. DOI: 10.1111/mec.13548.
Lancaster, L.T., Dudaniec, R.Y., Hansson, B., & Svensson, E.I. (2015) Latitudinal shift in thermal niche breadth results from thermal release during a climate-medaited range expansion. Journal of Biogeography 42: 1953-1963.
Lancaster, L.T., McAdam, A.G., Hipsley, C.A., & Sinervo, B.R. (2014) Frequency-dependent and correlational selection pressures have conflicting consequences for assortative mating in a color-polymorphic lizard, Uta stansburiana. American Naturalist 184: 188-197.
Lancaster, L.T. & Kay, K.M. (2013) Origin and Diversification of the California Flora: Re- examining classic hypotheses with molecular phylogenies. Evolution 67: 1041-1054.