mallet CV

JAMES MALLET ­ CURRICULUM VITAE - Updated to October 2013 For further information, see: Jim's research pages


Professor in Residence of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, 2017-present
Distinguished Lectuerer, Harvard University, 2012-2017
Emeritus Professor of Biological Diversity, University College London, 2013-present
Professor of Biological Diversity, University College London, 1992-2013
Assistant Professor, Department of Entomology, Mississippi State University, 1988-1992
NERC Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Genetics and Biometry, UCL, 1985-1988
PhD Zoology, University of Texas at Austin, 1984
BA Zoology, University of Oxford, 1976

Professional Appointments & Honours

Review panel member, Evolutionary Ecology Panel, NSF, Washington, D.C. 2012-2013
Helen Putnam Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, 2009-2010
Darwin-Wallace Medal, The Linnean Society of London, 2009
Fellow, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, 2008-2009
Visiting Professor, Université de Perpignan, June-October 2007
Honorary Research Fellow, The Natural History Museum, London, 2002-present
Research Associate, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Balboa, Panama, 2000-present
Vice President, Society for the Study of Evolution, 2000
Research Associate, The Natural History Museum, London, 1999-2002
Editorial Board, Royal Society "B" (Biological) journals, 1999-2006
Associate Editor, "Evolution" journal, 1997-2001, Special Editor, 2001-2004

Recent postdocs and funded senior personnel

2004 - 2012 Kanchon Dasmahapatra (funded by NERC, BBSRC): Genomic analysis of complex speciation. Now on Faculty at University of York
2005 - 2006 Vladimir Lukhtanov (funded by the Royal Society): European butterfly names. Senior Research Scientist, Zoological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg
2004 - 2009 Gerardo Lamas Müller (funded by GBIF, DEFRA-Darwin Initiative): Global Butterfly Names and Tropical Andean Butterfly Diversity projects. Jefe, Departamento de Entomología Museo de Historia Natural Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima
2002 - 2004 Mathieu Joron (EU Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow): The genetic architecture of colour pattern evolution in Heliconius butterflies. Currently CNRS ’DR2’ Group Leader, Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris
2002 - 2004 Marie Zimmermann (EU Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow): Phylogeny, speciation, mimicry, phylogeography of Melinaea. Currently Maître de Conférences, Université François Rabelais, Tours
2002 - 2004 Jesús Mavárez (EU Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow): Genetic analysis of speciation in Heliconius butterflies. Currently CNRS-Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble
2001 - 2004 Keith Willmott (funded by a Leverhulme grant): Can mimicry cause speciation? Currently Associate Curator of Lepidoptera, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida, Gainesville
2001 - 2003 Sebastién Gourbière (EU Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow): Speciation theory. Currently Maître de Conférences, Université de Perpignan

Selected recent publications

Martin SH, Dasmahapatra KK, Nadeau NJ, Salazar C, Walters JR, Simpson F, Blaxter M, Manica A, Mallet J, Jiggins CD. (2013). Genome-wide evidence for speciation with gene flow in Heliconius butterflies. Genome Research (online early)

Nadeau, N.J., Martin, S.H., Kozak, K.M., Salazar, C., Dasmahaptra, K.K., Davey, J.W., Baxter, S.W., Blaxter, M.L., Mallet, J. & Jiggins, C. (2013). Genome-wide patterns of divergence and gene flow across a butterfly radiation. Molecular Ecology 22: 814-826.

Briscoe AD, Macias-Muñoz A, Kozak KM, Walters JR, Yuan F, Jamie GA, Martin SH, Dasmahapatra KK, Ferguson LC, Mallet J, Jacquin-Joly E, Jiggins CD. (2013). Female behaviour drives expression and evolution of gustatory receptors in butterflies. PLoS Genetics 9: e1003620.

The Heliconius Genome Consortium (2012). Butterfly genome reveals promiscuous exchange of mimicry adaptations among species. Nature 487: 94-98. *JM is corresponding author.

Mallet, J. (2012). The struggle for existence. How the notion of carrying capacity, K, obscures the links between demography, Darwinian evolution and speciation. Evolutionary Ecology Research 14: 627–665.

Nadeau, N.J., Whibley, A., Jones, R.T., Davey, J.W., Dasmahapatra, K.K., Baxter, S.W., Quail, M.A., Joron, M., ffrench-Constant, R.H., Blaxter, M.L., Mallet, J. &Jiggins, C.D. (2012). Genomic islands of divergence in hybridizing Heliconius butterflies identified by large-scale targeted sequencing. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 367: 343-353.

Hines, H.M., Counterman, B.A., Papa, R., Albuquerque de Moura, P., Cardoso, M.Z., Linares, M., Mallet, J., Reed, R.D., Jiggins, C.D., Kronforst, M.R., McMillan, W.O. (2011). A wing patterning gene redefines the mimetic history of Heliconius butterflies. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 108: 19666-19671.

Cook, L.M., Grant, B.S., Saccheri, I.J. & Mallet, J. (2012). Selective bird predation on the peppered moth: the last experiment of Michael Majerus. Biology Letters 8 (4): 609-612.

Mallet, J., Wynne, I.R., Thomas, C.D. (2011). Introgression, species limits and conservation implications of climate change: brown argus butterflies in Britain (Polyommatus subgenus Aricia). Insect Conservation and Diversity 4: 192-199

Dasmahapatra, K.K., Lamas, G., Simpson, F. & Mallet, J. (2010). The anatomy of a ‘suture zone’ in Amazonian butterflies: a coalescent-based test for vicariant geographic divergence and speciation. Molecular Ecology 19: 4283-4301

de Silva, D.L., Day, J.J., Elias, M., Willmott, K., Whinnett, A. & Mallet, J. (2010). Molecular phylogenetics of the neotropical butterfly subtribe Oleriina (Nymphalidae: Danainae: Ithomiini). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 55: 1032-1041

Baxter, S.W., Nadeau, N., Maroja, L., Wilkinson, P., Counterman, B.A., Dawson, A., Beltrán, M., Perez-Espona, S., Chamberlain, N., Ferguson, L., Clark, R., Davidson, C., Glithero, R., Mallet, J., McMillan, W.O., Kronforst, M., Joron, M., ffrench-Constant, R. & Jiggins, C.D. (2010). Genomic hotspots for adaptation: the population genetics of Müllerian mimicry in the Heliconius melpomene clade. PLoS Genetics 6 (1): e1000802

Counterman, B.A., Araujo-Perez, F., Hines, H.M., Baxter, S.W., Morrison, C.M., Lindstrom, D.P., Papa, R., Ferguson, L., Joron, M., ffrench-Constant, R., Smith, C.P., Nielsen, D.M., Chen, R., Jiggins, C.D., Reed, R.D., Halder, G., Mallet, J. & McMillan, W.O. (2010). Genomic hotspots for adaptation: the population genetics of Müllerian mimicry in Heliconius erato. PLoS Genetics 6 (2): e1000796

Mallet, J. (2010). Shift happens! Shifting balance and the evolution of warning colour and mimicry diversity. Ecological Entomology 35 (Suppl. 1): 90-104

Gourbière, S. & Mallet, J. (2010). Are species real? The shape of the species boundary with exponential failure, reinforcement, and the 'missing snowball.' Evolution 64: 1-24

Dasmahapatra, K.K., Elias, M., Hill, R.I., Hoffman, J.I., & Mallet, J. (2010). Mitochondrial DNA barcoding detects some species that are real, and some that are not. Molecular Ecology Resources 10: 264-273

Mallet, J., Meyer, A., Nosil, P. and Feder, J. L. (2009). Space, sympatry and speciation. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22: 2332–2341

Sachs, J.D., Baillie, J.E.M., Sutherland, W.J., Armsworth, P.R., Ash,N., Beddington, J., Blackburn, T.M., Collen, B., Gardiner, B., Gaston, K.J., Godfray, H.C.J., Green, R.E., Harvey, P.H., House, B., Knapp, S., Kümpel, N.F., Macdonald, D.W., Mace, G.M., Mallet, J., Matthews, A., May, R.M., Petchey, O., Purvis, A., Roe, D., Safi , K., Turner, K., Walpole, M., Watson, R. & Jones, K.E. (2009). Policy forum: Biodiversity conservation and the Millennium Development Goals. Science 325: 1502-1503

Descimon, H. & Mallet, J. (2009). Bad species. In Settele, J., Konvicka, M., Shreeve, T., Dennis, R. & Van Dyck, H. (eds.): Ecology of Butterflies in Europe. Cambridge University Press, 219-249

Mallet, J. (2008). Hybridization, ecological races, and the nature of species: empirical evidence for the ease of speciation. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 363: 2971-2986

Mallet, J., Beltrán, M., Neukirchen, W., & Linares, M. (2007). Natural hybridization in heliconiine butterflies: the species boundary as a continuum. BMC Evolutionary Biology 7:11.

Mallet, J. (2007). Hybrid speciation. Nature 446: 279-283

Dasmahapatra, K. K., Silva, A., Chung, J.-W., & Mallet, J. (2007). Genetic analysis of a wild-caught hybrid between non-sister Heliconius butterfly species. Biology Letters 3: 660-663

Beltrán, M., Jiggins, C.D., Brower, A.V.Z., Bermingham, E., & Mallet, J. (2007). Do pollen feeding and pupal-mating have a single origin in Heliconius? Inferences from multilocus sequence data. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 97: 243-252

Bull, V., Beltrán, M., Jiggins, C.D., McMillan, W.O., Bermingham, E. & Mallet, J. (2006) Polyphyly and gene flow between non-sibling Heliconius species. BMC Biology 4:11

Whinnett, A., Zimmermann, M., Willmott, K.R., Herrera, N., Mallarino, R., Simpson, F., Joron, M., Lamas, G. and Mallet, J. (2005) Strikingly variable genomic divergence across an Amazonian butterfly 'suture zone'. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 272: 2525-2533

Selected recent invited lectures


Department of Zoology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
Alfred Russel Wallace and his Legacy, The Royal Society, London
Organizer, Heliconius Genome Consortium Meeting, Cambridge, Mass.
Speciation Symposium, American Genetics Association, Cornell University
Organizer, Ecology and Evolution of Tropical Insects Symposium, Association of Tropical Biology and Conservation, San José, Costa Rica
European Conference on Speciation Research, Montpellier, France
Department of Biology, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
Molecular Population Genetics, Broad Institute for Genomic Research, Cambridge, Mass.


Plenary Speaker, Swedish Royal Academy, Stockholm, Sweden
Department of Biology, Duke University, Raleigh, North Carolina
Boston Evolutionary Genomics Supergroup, MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Dept of Biology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Miami, Florida
Dept of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
Dept of Biology, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts
Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, England
Center for Population Biology, University of California, Davis, California
Department of Entomology, University of California, Davis, California


“Hybridization and Speciation,” European Science Foundation, Gregynog, Wales
“Niche Theory and Speciation,” European Science Foundation, Keszthely, Hungary
Plenary Speaker, European Congress of Protistology, Berlin
Plenary speaker, XVIIth European Congress of Lepidopterology, Luxembourg
Plenary Speaker, “3rd Biological Evolution Workshop,” PABEW, Porto Alegre, Brasil
Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London, Regent’s Park, London
Plenary Speaker, International Congress for Systematic and Evolutionary Biology, Berlin
Darwin Day 2011 speaker, Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary, Synthesis (CEES), University of Oslo


Department of Biology, Lund University, Sweden
Department of Animal Ecology, Uppsala University, Sweden
“Frontiers of Speciation,” European Science Foundation, Prague, Czech Republic
“Genomics of Speciation” Symposium. Leopoldina, (German National Academy of Sciences), Konstanz, Germany
Department of Life Sciences, Taiwan Normal University, Taipei
Institute of Statistical Science, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan
Department of Biological Sciences, National Sun Yat-sen University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
"Perspectives on the Tree of Life" Leverhulme Symposium, London
Department of Biology, Boston University, Mass.
Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. (2x)
Department of Biology, Stanford University, Palo Alto, Calif. (2x)
California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco


Department of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley
"150 Years of Evolution. Darwin's Impact on the Humanities." College of Arts and Letters, San Diego State University, Calif.
"Perspectives on the Tree of Life." King's College University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
"Hybrid Speciation" Symposium. European Society of Evolutionary Biology, Turin, Italy (Symposium Organizer)
"On the Origin of Species: Speciation Studies Now" Symposium. Cambridge Darwin Festival, Cambridge, UK
"Perspectives on the Tree of Life." King's College University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
"Origin of Species–150 years later," Kristineberg Marine Research Station, Sweden
Staatliches Museum für Tierkunde, Dresden
Royal Entomological Society (invited symposium organizer and speaker), Insect "Evolution: Below the Species Level." Rothamsted, Research Harpenden, Herts
University of Exeter at Cornwall, Plymouth
Keynote Speaker, Deutsche Gesellschaft für allgemeine und angewandte Entomologie, Göttingen, Germany
Zoologisches Institut, Universität Zürich, Switzerland


Museum für Naturkunde, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany
Institut für Populationsgenetik, Universität Wien, Austria
Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Germany
"Ecological Genomics of Speciation." Ecological Society of Japan, Fukuoka, Japan
"Dynamic interaction of insects: Species, Colony and Individuals." Kobe University, Kobe, Japan
ESRC Centre for Genomics in Society (EGENIS), University of Exeter
International workshop: Natural Selection and Speciation, Johannes Gutenberg Universität, Mainz, Germany


"Hybridization and Fuzzy Species. The Legacy of Charles Darwin Lecture Series."
Institute of Advanced Study, Durham University
Speciation symposium, Systematics Association, Edinburgh
Plenary Speaker, 100th Meeting of the DZG (German Zoological Society), Cologne.International Symposium on Phylogeography and Conservation, Luxembourg
Symposium organizer. Evolution of Heliconius and Speciation symposia. Biology of Butterflies Conference, Rome


For further information, see: Jim's website