Dr James Buckley

Dr James Buckley

Lecturer in Ecology

School of Biological and Marine Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)

Lecturer in Ecology


2018 –2020: Postdoctoral researcher in Biocommunciation & Ecology group, ETH Zürich, Switzerland.

2015 – 2018: Adaptation to a Changing Environment postdoctoral fellowship, ETH Zürich, Switzerland.

2011 - 2015: Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) funded postdoc, University of Glasgow, UK. 

2007 - 2011: NERC funded PhD in Biological Sciences, University of Bristol, UK.

2004- 2007: BSc Hons Biology, University of Nottingham, UK.

Professional membership

Member of Royal Society of Biology

Member of British Ecological Society, European Society for Evolutionary Biology and Genetics Society

Teaching interests

I am currently teaching on BIOL132 and BIOL214, as well as contributing to various field courses run over the course of the year.

Research interests

Climate change is driving shifts in species distributions and reshuffling local communities, yet our understanding of species' responses to such changes is limited. My research focuses on ecological and evolutionary responses to ongoing climate change, and in particular adaptation to the predicted shifts in community composition and altered interactions with other organisms. In my research I have worked mostly with plants and invertebrates and used a range of techniques, including metabolomics, genomics and field experiments, to assess varaition in putatively adaptive traits. Through such a research programme, I aim to provide insight into those species most vulnerable to future environmental change.

Relevant projects include:

(1) The rapid evolution of butterfly preferences for different host plants associated with climate-driven range expansions and the potential impacts of this on future adaptive potential (PhD with Prof. Jon Bridle, UCL, UK)

(2) Assessing the potential for alpine plants to adapt to future climate change and particularly the increases in herbivore pressure predicted at higher elevations under warmer temperatures (Postdoctoral fellowship with Prof. Consuelo De Moraes, Prof. Mark Mescher, Prof Alex Widmer; ETH Zürich, Switzerland)

Other research

In addition to the above research, I also have interests in the role of plant mating system variation (and associated levels of inbreeding) on both plant interactions with other organisms and their response to future environmental change.

Relevant project:

(1) Population genomics of disease resistance in a wild Brassicaceae plant and the impacts of mating system variation (outcrossing vs inbreeding) on plant-disease interactions (Postdoctoral position with Prof. Barbara Mable, University of Glasgow, UK)

Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Pashalidou FG, Eyman L, Sims J, Buckley J, Fatouros NE, De Moraes CM & Mescher MC 2020 'Plant volatiles induced by herbivore eggs prime defences and mediate shifts in the reproductive strategy of receiving plants' Ecology Letters 23, (7) 1097-1106 , DOI PEARL
Buckley J, Daly R, Cobbold CA, Burgess K & Mable BK 2019 'Changing environments and genetic variation: natural variation in inbreeding does not compromise short-term physiological responses' Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 286, (1915) 20192109-20192109 , DOI PEARL
Buckley J, Widmer A, Mescher MC & De Moraes CM 2019 'Variation in growth and defence traits among plant populations at different elevations: Implications for adaptation to climate change' Journal of Ecology 107, (5) 2478-2492 , DOI PEARL
Buckley J, Pashalidou FG, Fischer MC, Widmer A, Mescher MC & De Moraes CM 2019 'Divergence in Glucosinolate Profiles between High- and Low-Elevation Populations of Arabidopsis halleri Correspond to Variation in Field Herbivory and Herbivore Behavioral Preferences' International Journal of Molecular Sciences 20, (1) 174-174 , DOI PEARL
Buckley J, Holub EB, Koch MA, Vergeer P & Mable BK 2018 'Restriction associated DNA-genotyping at multiple spatial scales in Arabidopsis lyrata reveals signatures of pathogen-mediated selection' BMC Genomics 19, (1) , DOI PEARL
Rodríguez-Verdugo A, Buckley J & Stapley J 2017 'The genomic basis of eco-evolutionary dynamics' Molecular Ecology 26, (6) 1456-1464 , DOI PEARL
Buckley J, Kilbride E, Cevik V, Vicente JG, Holub EB & Mable BK 2016 'R-gene variation across Arabidopsis lyrata subspecies: effects of population structure, selection and mating system' BMC Evolutionary Biology 16, (1) , DOI PEARL
Buckley J & Bridle JR 2014 'Loss of adaptive variation during evolutionary responses to climate change' Ecology Letters 17, (10) 1316-1325 , DOI
Bridle JR, Buckley J, Bodsworth EJ & Thomas CD 2014 'Evolution on the move: specialization on widespread resources associated with rapid range expansion in response to climate change' Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 281, (1776) 20131800-20131800 , DOI
BUCKLEY J, BUTLIN RK & BRIDLE JR 2011 'Evidence for evolutionary change associated with the recent range expansion of the British butterfly,Aricia agestis, in response to climate change' Molecular Ecology 21, (2) 267-280 , DOI
Buckley J, Bridle JR & Pomiankowski A 2010 'Novel variation associated with species range expansion' BMC Evolutionary Biology 10, (1) 382-382 , DOI PEARL
Buckley J, Daly R, Cobbold C, Burgess K & Mable B 0 'Changing environments and genetic variation: inbreeding does not compromise short-term physiological responses: Supplementary tables and figures' , DOI PEARL