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My work focuses on how the ecology and evolution of birds is shaped by environmental change. I use a combination of genomic, morphological, ecological, geographic, and climatic data, to connect environmental with population-level processes and large-scale patterns of diversification. Previous projects have focused on adaptive radiations of birds on the island of Madagascar, the responses of Antarctic penguins to past climatic shifts, and delimitation of populations and species. My current research centres around understanding how Southern Ocean penguins are currently adapted to their environments, and how projected changes in the environment are likely to impact these populations. 


  • Population genetics
  • Phylogenetics
  • Birds
  • Climate Change adaptation
  • Speciation
  • Diversification
  • Evolution

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Research Output

The emperor penguin - Vulnerable to projected rates of warming and sea ice loss

Trathan, P. N., Wienecke, B., Barbraud, C., Jenouvrier, S., Kooyman, G., Le Bohec, C., Ainley, D. G., Ancel, A., Zitterbart, D. P., Chown, S. L., Larue, M., Cristofari, R., Younger, J., Clucas, G., Bost, C., Brown, J. A., Gillett, H. J. & Fretwell, P. T., 31 Jan 2020, In : Biological Conservation. 241, 108216.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Open Access
3 Citations (Scopus)

Phylogeography of the Rufous vanga and the role of bioclimatic transition zones in promoting speciation within Madagascar

Younger, J., Dempster, P., Nyári, Á. S., Helms, T., Raherilalao, M. J., Goodman, S. M. & Reddy, S., 1 Oct 2019, In : Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 139, p. 1-11 11 p., 106535.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
1 Downloads (Pure)

Receding ice drove parallel expansions in Southern Ocean penguins

Cole, T. L., Dutoit, L., Dussex, N., Hart, T., Alexander, A., Younger, J. L., Clucas, G. V., Frugone, M. J., Cherel, Y., Cuthbert, R., Ellenberg, U., Fiddaman, S. R., Hiscock, J., Houston, D., Jouventin, P., Mattern, T., Miller, G., Miskelly, C., Nolan, P., Polito, M. J. & 8 others, Quillfeldt, P., Ryan, P. G., Smith, A., Tennyson, A. J. D., Thompson, D., Wienecke, B., Vianna, J. A. & Waters, J. M., 26 Dec 2019, In : Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 116, 52, p. 26690-26696 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)
3 Downloads (Pure)

Comparative population genomics reveals key barriers to dispersal in Southern Ocean penguins

Clucas, G. V., Younger, J. L., Kao, D., Emmerson, L., Southwell, C., Wienecke, B., Rogers, A. D., Bost, C. A., Miller, G. D., Polito, M. J., Lelliott, P., Handley, J., Crofts, S., Phillips, R. A., Dunn, M. J., Miller, K. J. & Hart, T., 1 Dec 2018, In : Molecular Ecology. 27, 23, p. 4680-4697 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
11 Citations (Scopus)

Hidden diversity of forest birds in Madagascar revealed using integrative taxonomy

Younger, J. L., Strozier, L., Maddox, J. D., Nyári, Á. S., Bonfitto, M. T., Raherilalao, M. J., Goodman, S. M. & Reddy, S., 1 Jul 2018, In : Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 124, p. 16-26 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

6 Citations (Scopus)