Paris Veltsos Research

Enter the name for this tabbed section: Publications
publications on library


Ridout KE, Veltsos P, Muyle A, Emery O, Rastas P, Marais GAB, Filatov DA, Pannell JR (in review) Hallmarks of early sex-chromosome evolution in the dioecious plant Mercurialis annua revealed by de novo genome assembly, genetic mapping and transcriptome analysis.

Rodrigues N, Studer T, Dufresnes C, Ma W, Veltsos P, Perrin N (2017) Dmrt1 polymorphism and sex chromosome differentiation in Rana temporaria. Molecular Ecology.

Ala-Honkola O, Ritchie MG, Veltsos P (2016) Postmating-prezyotic isolation between two allopatric populations of Drosophila montana; fertilisation success differs under sperm competition. Ecology and Evolution doi: 10.1002/ece3.1995

Veltsos P
, Gregson E, Morrissey B, Slate J, Hoikkala A, Butlin RK, Ritchie MG (2015) The genetic architecture of sexually selected traits in two natural populations of Drosophila montana. Heredity doi: 10.1038/hdy.2015.63

Toups M, Veltsos P
, Pannel JR (2015) Plant sex chromosomes: Lost genes with little compensation. Current Biology 25(10) R427-430

Tyukmaeva VI, Veltsos P, Slate J, Gregson E, Kauranen H, Kankare M, Ritchie MG, Butlin RK Hoikkala A (2015) Localization of QTL for diapause and other photoperiodically regulated life-history traits important in adaptation to seasonally varying environments. Molecular Ecology 24: 2809-2819

Ala-Honkola O, Veltsos P, Anderson H, Ritchie M (2014). Copulation duration, but not paternity share, potentially mediates inbreeding avoidance in Drosophila montana. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 68(12) 2013-2021

Bailey NW, Veltsos P, Tan YF, Millar AH, Ritchie MG & Simmons LW (2013) Development of tissue-specific transcriptomic resources in a non-model insect, the field cricket Teleogryllus oceanicus. G3, 3(2): 225-230 DOI: 10.1534/g3.112.004341

Veltsos P, Wicker-Thomas C, Butlin RK, Hoikkala A & Ritchie MG (2012) Sexual selection on song and cuticular hydrocarbons in two distinct populations of Drosophila montana. Ecology and Evolution, 2: 80-94. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.75

Veltsos P & Ritchie MG ( 2011) Sympatric Speciation. In: eLS 2011, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd: Chichester [DOI:10.1002/9780470015902.a0001749.pub2]

Veltsos P, Keller I & Nichols RA (2009) Geographically localised bursts of ribosomal DNA mobility in the grasshopper Podisma pedestris. Heredity 103: 54-61.

Pannell JR & Pujol B (2009) The paradoxical spread of a new Y chromosome - a novel explanation. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 24: 59-63.

Veltsos P, Keller I & Nichols RA (2008) The inexorable spread of a newly arisen Y chromosome. Plos Genetics 4 (5): e10000082.

Keller I, Veltsos P & Nichols RA (2008) The frequency of rDNA variants within individuals provides evidence of population history and gene flow across a grasshopper hybrid zone. Evolution 64 (4): 833-844.

Keller I, Chintauan-Marquier IC, Veltsos P & Nichols RA (2006) Ribosomal DNA in the grasshopper Podisma pedestris: Escape from concerted evolution. Genetics 174 (2): 863-874.

Watts PC, Veltsos P, Soffa BJ, Gill AB & Kemp SJ (2004) Polymorphic microsatellite loci in the black-and-gold chromis, Neoglyphidodon nigroris (Teleostei: Pomacentridae). Molecular Ecology Notes 4 (1): 93-95.

Enter the name for this tabbed section: Previous posts

Previous posts

2014-present - University of Lausanne

Post doc on sex chromosome evolution. Synergia grant awarded to John Pannell, Nicolas Perrin and Mark Kirkpatrick.

2011-2014 - University of St Andrews

NERC Postdoctoral Research Fellow: "Evolution of gene expression in response to sexual selection"

Collaboration with Mike Ritchie and Rhonda Snook.

2008-2011 - University of St Andrews

NERC Postdoctoral Research Fellow: "Premating isolation in Drosophila montana".

Collaboration with Mike Ritchie, Roger Butlin, John Slate and Anneli Hoikkala.

2003-2008 - Queen Mary University of London

PhD: 'The involvement of a sex chromosome fusion and ribosomal DNA diversity in the grasshopper Podisma pedestris hybrid zone'.

Supervisor: Richard Nichols

2001-2003 - University of Liverpool

1 st class degree BSc (Hons) Genetics

3rd year thesis: 'Isolation and characterisation of microsatellites from the Indonesian damselfish Neoglyphidodon nigroris".
Enter the name for this tabbed section: Conferences

Conference attendance

Date Conference Presented
4/1/2017 - 7/1/2017 50th Popgroup (Cambridge) Talk: ‘Comparison of gene expression between XX and XY males in the common frog’
25/11/2016 - 2/12/2016 Visit on 'The mechanism of the behaviour regulation and its research method in pest or insect' (Guangzhou) Talk: ‘Transcriptomic response to courtship in D. pseudoobscura
29/6/2016 - 1/7/2016 Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden Talk: ‘Sexual selection and homomorphic sex chromosomes’
29/6/2016 - 1/7/2016 Sex determination workshop (la Sage) Talk: ‘Investigation of a homomorphic Y chromosome’
15/12/2015 - 18/12/2015 49th Popgroup (Edinburgh) Talk: ‘Investigation of a homomorphic Y chromosome in an annual plant’
10/8/2015 - 14/8/2015 15th ESEB (Lausanne) Talk: ‘Sex biased expression as a sexually antagonistic trait’
7/1/2014 - 10/1/2014 Popgroup 47 (Bath) Talk: ‘Genomic response to experimental sexual selection’
3/9/2013 - 6/9/2013 Ento ’13 (St Andrews) Talk: ‘Genomic response to experimental sexual selection’
19/8/2013 - 24/8/2013 14th ESEB (Lisbon) Talk: ‘DNA sequence response to experimental sexual selection’
18/12/2012 - 21/12/2012 46th Popgroup (Glasgow) Talk: ‘Are QTLs for behavioural variation within populations different to between populations?’
5/1/2012 - 7/1/2012 45th Popgroup (Nottingham) Poster: ‘Genetic maps of reproductively isolated populations of Drosophila montana
1/12/2011 - 2/12/2011 ASAB (London)
20/8/2011 - 25/8/2011 13th ESEB (Tuebingen) Talk: ‘QTLs for courtship song and CHCs in natural populations of Drosophila montana
1/4/2011 Transposable elements: Their functional and evolutionary biology (Genetics Society Edinburgh)
12/3/2011 SCAB (St Andrews) Talk: ‘Speciation through behaviour’
5/1/2011 - 7/1/2011 44th PopGroup (Hull) Talk: ‘Selection and population differentiation for song and cuticular hydrocarbons in Drosophila montana
1/9/2010 - 4/9/2010 New directions in sexual selection: unifying behavioural and genomic approaches (Bath) Talk: ‘Selection and population differentiation for song and cuticular hydrocarbons in Drosophila montana
10/1/2010 - 13/1/2010 Genetics and Genomics of speciation (Peak District)
6/1/2010 - 8/1/2010 43rd Popgroup (Liverpool) Talk: ‘Differential introgression of ribosomal DNA subgroups across a hybrid zone in the grasshopper Podisma pedestris
12/11/09 - 13/11/09 Royal Society: Genetics and the causes of evolution: 150 years of progress since Darwin
24/8/09 - 30/8/09 12th ESEB Congress (Turin) Poster: ‘Distinct genetic determination of cuticular hydrocarbon profiles in divergent D. montana populations’
20/8/09 - 22/8/09 The role of behaviour in Speciation (St Andrews) Talk: ‘Studying natural variation in reproductive isolation characters with QTLs’
21/4/09 - 23/4/09 Theory of Speciation (Groningen)
15/9/08 - 17/9/08 Challenges in speciation research (Sheffield)
10/5/08 New frontiers in epigenetics (Genetics Society)
24/2/08 - 29/2/08 Genes & Behaviour Gordon Research Conference Lucca (Barga), Italy
17/12/07 - 20/12/07 41st PopGroup (Warwick) Talk: ‘Evidence of selection on rDNA in the P. pedestris hybrid zone’
29/11/06 - 30/11/06 Mammalian genetics and development (Genetics Society) Talk: ‘The inevitable accession of XY systems’ (Invited, Promega Young Geneticist of the Year 2008 finalist)
10/11/06 Comparative genomics and diversity (Genetics Society)
19/10/06 Nature, nurture or neither: Genetics in the post genome era
8/9/06 L.E.R.N conference (London) Talk: ‘Ribosomal DNA and reproductive isolation in the grasshopper Podisma pedestris
17/7/06 - 21/7/06 BBSRC evolutionary genetics summer school (Edinburgh) Poster: ‘A tool to better understand early sex chromosome evolution’
1/2/06 Royal Entomological Society Postgraduate forum (London) Talk: ‘The effects of a sex chromosome fusion in a naturally occurring hybrid zone’
13/12/05 - 16/12/05 39th PopGroup (Edinburgh) Talk: ‘Simulating a hybrid zone between two different sex chromosome system populations’
9/11/05 2nd Speciation Symposium (Natural History Museum)
3/11/05 C.E.E Evolutionary inferences from phylogenetic trees (London)
16/9/05 L.E.R.N conference 2005 (London Evolutionary Research Network) Talk: ‘Ribosomal RNA and reproductive isolation in the grasshopper Podisma pedestris
5/9/05 - 9/9/05 11th meeting of PhD students in evolutionary biology (Bordeaux) Talk: ‘Ribosomal RNA and reproductive isolation in the grasshopper Podisma pedestris
15/8/05 - 20/8/05 10th ESEB Congress (Krakow) (European Society for Evolutionary Biology) Poster/Talk: ‘Ribosomal RNA and reproductive isolation in the grasshopper Podisma pedestris
2/3/05 Life at the Boundaries: the physics of survival and endurance (Geological Society of London)
2/2/05 Royal Entomological Society Postgraduate Symposium (London) Poster: ‘Grasshoppers, rDNA and FISH’
14/12/05 - 17/12/05 38th PopGroup (Reading) Poster: ‘Grasshoppers, rDNA and FISH’
19/11/04 A walk from the wild side: the genetics of domestication of livestock and crops (Genetics Society)
3/11/04 Evolution and Medicine (London)
Enter the name for this tabbed section: Awards


Best Friday talk, Popgroup 47 (Bath-2014)

Heredity Fieldwork grant (2009) to support sample collection in Finland (£1,500)

3rd place in Promega Young Geneticist of the Year competition for 2008

Junior Scientist Grant (£300) by the Genetics Society, to attend 10th ESEB Congress (2005)

Westfield Trust Research Scholarship (2003-2006)

Highest grade in the 2002-2003 Liverpool BSc (Hons) Genetics class (shared between two students)

Sir Henry Wade Deacon University Undergraduate scholarship for the year 2002

Ellis Prize for the Parasitism and Symbiosis module (year 2)

Key Skills Merit Award for the year 2001-2002

DELF 1 diploma in the French Language (May 1998) Commission Nationale du DELF et du DALF

Advanced Certificate in the English Language (Grade B) ( June 1997) British Council Athens - University of Cambridge

First Certificate in the English Language (Grade A) (June 1996) British Council Athens - University of Cambridge
Enter the name for this tabbed section: Teaching


Demonstrating in Botany and Population genetics practicals in Unil (Academic year starting 2014).

6 lectures on speciation to 3d year undergraduate classes at St Andrews (Academic years starting 2012).

Undergrad tutor in St Andrews on Evolutionary Biology for two years (Academic years starting 2008-2009).

3 lectures on speciation to 2nd year undergraduate classes at St Andrews (Academic years starting 2009 & 2010).

Lecture on the evolution of sex chromosomes and sex determination to 4th year students (Academic year starting 2008).

Lectured undergraduate classes in 4 occasions during my PhD.

Supervised final year project students every year of my PhD, while working in the lab.

Extensive demonstrating of undergraduate practicals at QM. Practical list follows.

Practical Year Years demonstrated
Meiosis 3 2
Chromosome genetics - meiosis 1 3
Viruses 1 1
Evolutionary genetics snail field trip 2 2
PCR and BLAST 1 1
DNA extraction and analysis 1 3
Algae and cyanobacteria 1 1
Mitosis video 3 1
Basic techniques in biochemistry 1 1
Genetic drift 1 3
Phage lambda 2 1
Reproductive systems in land plants 1 3
Molluscs and arthropods 1 3
Biology summer school 0 1
Osmosis - plasmolysis 1 3
Introduction to microscopy 1 1
Essential microbiological techniques 1 3
Linkage analysis 1 2
Evolution - Natural History Museum visit 1 1
Cladistics 1 2
Evolution - Kew Gardens visit 1 1
Open day bioinformatics 0 1