The advances highlighted in this paper are critical to addressing the fundamental question of how species differ in the way that they develop. Measuring differences in the timings of development is one of the main ways in which researchers investigate how changes in development may drive evolution. But the results from our study suggest that measuring the timings of developmental events is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of how we measure and analyse evolutionary changes. By assessing EPTs across three different species, we have seen how they could provide us with an alternative approach to understanding how development leads to evolutionary change.
Postdoctoral Researcher, funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, and study lead author
Our current understanding of biology is limited by the technologies available to observe it, and we need a new technology-enabled approach to understanding the most complex period of an organism’s life history. This study has broad implications for advancing our understanding of the nexus between biological development and evolution, and marks a significant step forward in how we might monitor the development of lifeforms all over our planet.
Senior Research Fellow
Landscapes of data
- The full study – McCoy et al: Comparative phenomics: a new approach to study heterochrony – is published in Frontiers in Physiology, DOI: 10.3389/fphys.2023.1237022.
Two decades of expertise in developmental biology
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The Marine Biology and Ecology Research Centre (MBERC)
Members of the MBERC address a broad range of research questions, from the effects of environmental stress on microbes and developing embryos to the management of large scale impacts, such as global climate change.