Charles Godfray

Hope Professor

Fellow of Jesus College


Research Interests

I am interested in population and community ecology, and in evolutionary biology. My lab explores questions in these fields using both theoretical and experimental approaches. We are making extensive use of the pea aphid as a model system to explore a variety of different problems in ecology and evolution. These include ecological speciation and the evolution of specialisation, the coevolution of host resistance and natural enemy counter-resistance, the role and dynamics of bacterial symbionts, and the importance of indirect population dynamic effects mediated by predators, parasitoids and pathogens. I am interested in insects that vector human diseases, and how they may be controlled using modern genetic interventions, and the population genetics and population dynamics involved. I have also worked on theoretical problems in evolutionary biology: for example sex ratio, biological signalling and life history theory. Finally I am interested in taxonomy, in general with the transformation of the subject into modern biodiversity informatics, and in particular with the systematics of braconid wasps.

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Additional Information

I am currently President of the British Ecological Society; a Trustee of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; a visiting professor at Imperial College London; a visiting research fellow at the Natural History Museum, London and at Rothamsted Research; a member of NERC Council; Chair of the Lead Expert Group of the Foresight Food and Farming Project & Chair of the Expert Working Group for the UK Taxonomy and Systematics Review.



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Selected Publications

  • Goddard, M.R., Godfray, H.C.J. & Burt, A. 2005 Sex increases the efficiency of natural selection in experimental yeast populations. Nature 434, 636-640
  • Wertheim, B., Kraaijeveld, A.R., Schuster, E., Blanc, E., Hopkins, M., Pletcher, S.D., Strand, M.R., Partridge, L. & Godfray, H.C.J. 2005. Genome-wide gene expression in response to parasitoid attack in Drosophila. Genome Biology 6:R94 (doi:10.1186/gb-2005-6-11-r94)
  • Scarborough, C.L., Ferrari, J. & Godfray, H.C.J. 2005. Bacterial endosymbiont increases aphid inclusive fitness after pathogen attack. Science 310, 1781.
  • Deredec, A., Burt, A. & Godfray, H.C.J. 2008. The population genetics of using homing endonuclease genes (HEGs) in vector & pest management. Genetics 179, 2013 2026.
  • Jansen, V.A.A., Turelli, M. & Godfray, H.C.J. 2008. Stochastic spread of Wolbachia. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 275, 2769-2776.