Dr Luke Dunning

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Department of Animal and Plant Sciences
University of Sheffield, Western Bank
Sheffield, S10 2TN United Kingdom
Email: l.dunning@sheffield.ac.uk
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University of Auckland, NZ. PhD in Biological Sciences, 2014.
Cardiff University, UK. MRes in Bioscience, 2008.
Cardiff University, UK. Bsc (hons) in Ecology and Environmental Management, 2007.


Cornetti L, Valente L, Dunning LT, Quan X, Black RA, Hébert O, Savolainen V. 2015. The genome of the ‘great speciator’ provides insights into bird diversification. Genome Biology and Evolution, in press.

Dennis AB, Dunning LT, Sinclair BJ, Buckley TR. 2015. Parallel molecular routes to cold adaptation in eight genera of New Zealand stick insects. Scientific Reports, 5:13965.

Dunning LT, Dennis AB, Sinclair BJ, Newcomb RD, Buckley TR. 2014. Divergent transcriptional responses to low temperature among populations of alpine and lowland species of New Zealand stick insects (Micrarchus). Molecular Ecology, 23:2712-2726

Dennis AB, Dunning LT, Dennis CJ, Sinclair BJ, Buckley TR. 2014. Overwintering in New Zealand stick insects. New Zealand Entomologist, 37:35-44.

Papadopulos AST, Kaye M, Devaux C, Hipperson H, Lighten J, Dunning LT , Hutton I, Baker WJ, Butlin RK, Savolainen V. 2014. Evaluation of genetic isolation within an island flora reveals unusually widespread local adaptation and supports sympatric speciation. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 369:20130342.

Dunning LT, Dennis AB, Thomson G, Sinclair BJ, Newcomb RD, Buckley TR. 2013. Positive selection in glycolysis among Australasian stick insects. BMC Evolution Biology, 23:215

Dunning LT, Dennis AB, Park D, Sinclair BJ, Newcomb RD, Buckley TR. 2013. Identification of cold-responsive genes in a New Zealand alpine stick insect using RNA-Seq. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part D: Genomics and Proteomics, 8:24-31

Baraloto C, Hardy OJ, Paine CE, Dexter KG, Cruaud C, Dunning LT, Gonzalez MA, Molino JF, Sabatier D, Savolainen V, Chave J. 2012. Using functional traits and phylogenetic trees to examine the assembly of tropical tree communities. Journal of Ecology, 100:690-701

Dunning LT, Savolainen V. 2010. Broad-scale amplification of matK for DNA barcoding plants, a technical note. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, 164:1-9


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