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Dr Steven Van Belleghem

Dr Steven Van Belleghem
Office Phone: 01223 (3)36602


I did my PhD at Terrestrial Ecology Unit (TEREC) at Ghent University and the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS) in Belgium under the supervision of Frederik Hendrickx. In my PhD I studied behavioural and genetic mechanisms of incipient sympatric speciation in a ground beetle called Pogonus chalceus (Carabidae) which inhabits Western European salt marshes. Additionally, I have been involved in several projects studying the phylogenetic and biogeographic relationships of parallel evolution in wolf spiders of the genus Hogna of the Galápagos archipelago.

During my PhD, studies on Heliconius butterflies have been an indispensable model for my personal research and finding the opportunity to work with the butterfly genetics group has resulted in my current relocation to Cambridge. I am currently affiliated to: Brian CountermanRiccardo PapaOwen Mcmillan and Chris Jiggins.

Research Interests

Currently working on population genomics of the Heliconius erato radiation.

Key Publications

Van Belleghem, S.M., Roelofs, D. & Hendrickx, F. (2015). Evolutionary history of a dispersal associated locus across sympatric and allopatric diverged populations of a wing-polymorphic beetle across Atlantic Europe. Molecular Ecology 24(4): 890-908. [News & views: Raeymaekers, J.A.M. & Backeljau, T. (2015). Recurrent adaptation in a low-dispersal trait. Molecular Ecology 24(4): 699-701.]

De Busschere, C., Van Belleghem S.M. & Hendrickx, F. (2015). Intra and inter island introgression in a wolf spider radiation from the Galápagos, and its implications for parallel evolution. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 84: 73-84.

Van Belleghem, S.M. & Hendrickx, F. (2013). A tight association in genetically unlinked dispersal related traits in sympatric and allopatric salt marsh beetle populations. Genetica 142: 1-9.

Van Belleghem, S.M., Roelofs, D., Van Houdt, J. & Hendrickx, F. (2012). De novo Transcriptome Assembly and SNP Discovery in the Wing Polymorphic Salt Marsh Beetle Pogonus chalceus (Coleoptera, Carabidae). PLoS ONE 7(8): e42605.

De Busschere, C., Baert, L, Van Belleghem, S.M., Dekoninck, W. &, Hendrickx, F. (2012). Parallel phenotypic evolution in a wolf spider radiation on Galápagos. Biological journal of the Linnean Society 106(1): 123-136.

De Busschere, C., Hendrickx, F., Van Belleghem, S.M. & Baert, L. (2010). Parallel habitat specialization within the wolf spider genus Hogna from the Galápagos. Molecular Ecology 19(18): 4029-4045.