Dr Eric Lucas

Post Doctoral Research Associate

Eric received a BA in Natural Sciences (specialising in Zoology) from Cambridge in 2003. He started a PhD on the evolution of sociality in wasps at UCL in 2005, moving to the University of Sussex in 2007 and obtaining his PhD in 2009. After this,Eric moved to the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, for a PostDoc investigating the transcriptional basis of ageing and lifespan in ants.

I study the evolutionary genetics of insecticide resistance in Anopheles mosquitoes, using data from the Anopheles gambiae 1000 Genomes (!g1000G) project and the Vector Observatory.

I am investigating Copy Number Variation (CNV) in An. gambiae, and its association with insecticide resistance. Gene duplications are known to be associated with some cases of insecticide resistance, and the Ag1000G data provide an excellent resource for exploring the presence of CNVs across the genome.

I am also designing SNP genotyping arrays for known and putative markers of insecticide resistance to screen large numbers of mosquitos with known resistance phenotypes. These high-throughput assays will allow large-scale genotype-phenotype associations studies that can be used to track the spread of known resistance markers, as well as test the importance of markers suspected of being linked to resistance. 


Selected publications

  • Lucas, E. R. & Keller, L. (2017). Explaining extraordinary lifespans: the proximate and ultimate causes of differential lifespan in social insects. In The Evolution of Senescence in the Tree of Life (eds R. P. Shefferson, O. R. Jones & R. Salguero-Gómez). Cambridge, UK. Cambridge University Press.

    Lucas, E. R., Privman, E & Keller, L. (2016). Higher expression of somatic repair genes in long-lived ant queens than workers. Aging 8(9) 1940-1951. doi: 10.18632/aging.101027

    Lucas, E. R. & Keller, L. (2014). Ageing and somatic maintenance in social insects. Current Opinion in Insect Science 5, 31-36. doi: 10.1016/j.cois.2014.09.009

    Lucas, E. R. & Field, J. (2013). Caste determination through mating in primitively eusocial societies. Journal of Theoretical Biology 335, 31-39. doi: 10.1016/j.jtbi.2013.05.032

    Green, J. P., Leadbeater, E., Carruthers, J. M., Rosser, N. S., Lucas, E. R. & Field, J. (2013). Clypeal patterning in the paper wasp Polistes dominulus: no evidence of adaptive value in the wild. Behavioral Ecology 24, 623-633. doi: 10.1093/beheco/ars226

    Lucas, E. R. & Field, J. (2011). Assured fitness returns in a social wasp with no worker caste. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B 278, 2991-2995. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2011.0128

    Lucas, E. R. & Field, J. (2011). Active and effective nest defence by males in a social apoid wasp. Behavioral Ecology & Sociobiology 65 (8), 1499-1504. doi: 10.1007/s00265-011-1159-5

    Lucas, E. R., Martins, R. P. & Field, J. (2011) Reproductive skew is highly variable and correlated with genetic relatedness in a social apoid wasp. Behavioral Ecology 22 (2), 337-344.  doi: 10.1093/beheco/arq214

    Lucas, E. R., Martins, R. P., Zanette, L. R. S. & Field, J. (2011). Social and genetic structure in colonies of the social wasp Microstigmus nigrophthalmus. Insectes Sociaux 58, 107-114. doi: 10.1007/s00040-010-0123-0

    Lucas, E. R., Horsburgh, G. J., Dawson, D. A. & Field, J. (2009). Characterization of microsatellite loci isolated from the wasp, Microstigmus nigrophthalmus (Hymenoptera). Molecular Ecology Resources 9, 1492-1497. doi: 10.1111/j.1755-0998.2009.02714.x

    Lopez-Vaamonde, C., Brown, R. M., Lucas, E. R., Pereboom, J. J. M., Jordan, W. C. & Bourke, A. F. G. (2007). Effect of the queen on worker reproduction and new queen production in the bumble bee Bombus terrestris. Apidologie 38, 171-180. doi: 10.1051/apido:2006070

    Sumner, S., Lucas, E., Barker, J. & Isaac, N. (2007). Radio-tagging technology reveals extreme nest-drifting behavior in a eusocial Insect. Current Biology 17(2), 140-145. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2006.11.064