Dr Rob Hammond

Leptothorax acervorum queen
Leptothorax acervorum: green, blue and pink painted queens, unpainted workers and developing brood

Adrian Building, Room 334


internal:  5302
external: 0116 2525302
fax: 0116 2525330

Email: rh225@le.ac.uk

Research interests

  • The evolution of complex traits, such as social organization and sexual mode, and the role of both genes and environment on these traits.
  • The effect of gene expression in diploid and haploid life stages / genders on rates of evolution.
  • The dynamics and resolution of social conflicts within animal societies.

Current projects

Recent publications

MC Harrison, RL Hammond & EB Mallon (2015) Reproductive workers show queen-like gene expression in an intermediately eusocial insect, the buff-tailed bumble bee Bombus terrestris Molecular Ecology 24: 3043-3063; doi: 10.1111/mec.13215

TC Mathers, RL Hammond, RA Jenner, B Hanfling, J.Atkins & A Gomez (2015) Transition in sexual system and sex chromosome evolution in the tadpole shrimp Triops cancriformis. Heredity 115, 37–46; doi:10.1038/hdy.2015.10 http://www.nature.com/hdy/journal/vaop/ncurrent/abs/hdy201510a.html

TC Mathers, RL Hammond, RA Jenner, B Hanfling & A Gomez (2013) Multiple global radiations of tadpole shrimps challenge the concept of 'livingfossils' PeerJ 1:e62, http://dx.doi.org/10.7717/peerj.62

TC Mathers, RL Hammond, RA Jenner, T Zierold, B Hanfling & A Gomez (2013) High lability of sexual system over 250 million years of evolution in morphologically conservative tadpole shrimps. BMC Evolutionary Biology 13:30. http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2148/13/30

DJ Coston*, RJ Gill* & RL Hammond (2011) No evidence of volatile chemicals regulating reproduction in a multiple queen ant. Naturwissenschaften. doi 10.1007/s00114-011-0801-4 (*joint first authors)

RJ Gill & RL Hammond (2011) Workers determine queen inheritance of reproduction in a functionally monogynous ant population. Animal Behaviour. doi:10.1016/j.anbehav.2011.04.006

Full publication list


  • BS3073, Molecular Ecology and Evolution (convenor)
  • BS2070, Island Biology & Speciation
  • BS2076, Evolutionary and Developmental Biology
  • BS2077, Neurobiology and Animal Behaviour
  • BS1070, Adaptation and Diversity

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