Dr. G. Stone
Location: Ashworth Annexe
I teach in several courses introducing the diversity and evolution of animal body plans, animal-plant interactions, and marine biology. I have contributed to tropical ecology courses in Kenya, run by the Tropical Biology Association, and co-authored a university level textbook on environmental physiology ( The Environmental Physiology of Animals, by Pat Willmer, Graham Stone and Ian Johnston, Blackwells Science 1 st Edn. 2000, 2 nd Edn. 2005), now in its second edition.
I am a community ecologist with a strong focus on insect-plant interactions, combining molecular and field approaches to study of natural communities. I try to understand the role of evolutionary history in community composition, and in explaining why some species interact while others don't. I work with two 'model systems' - gallwasps & their parasitoid natural enemies; & savannah plants, their pollinators & ant guards.
Community evolution and phylogeography
Sequence-based analyses of the spread of microbial Symbionts through natural communities.
Field-based analyses of community structure.
Environmental physiology: I use analyses of the thermal requirements of flight in bees and other insects to reveal the links between individual physiology and animal behaviour, particularly foraging and courtship.
The gallwasp community work involves collaborations with many highly respected taxonomists and field biologists, including Drs. Yoshihisa Abe (Kyushu University), Dick Askew (Emeritus), Gyorgy Csoka (Hungarian State Department of Forest Protection), George Melika (Plant Protection & Soil Conservation Directorate of County Vas), Jose-Luis Nieves-Aldrey (Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, Madrid), and Juli Pujade-Villar (Barcelona University).
Stone GN, Atkinson RJ, Rokas A, Nieves-Aldrey J-L, Melika G, Acs Z, Csoka G, Hayward A, Bailey R, Buckee C, McVean GAT (2008). Evidence for widespread cryptic sexual generations in apparently asexual Andricus gallwasps. Molecular Ecology 17: 652-665.
Stone GN, van der Ham RWJM, & Brewer JG (2008). Fossil oak galls preserve ancient
Challis RJ, Mutun S, Nieves-Aldrey J-L, Preuss S, Rokas A, Aebi A, Sadeghi E, Tavakoli M, & Stone GN, (2007) Longitudinal range expansion and cryptic eastern species in the western Palaearctic oak gallwasp Andricus coriarius. Molecular Ecology 16: 2103-2114.
Stone GN, Challis RJ, Atkinson RJ, Csoka G, Hayward A, Mutun S, Preuss S, Rokas A, Sadeghi E, Schonrogge, K (2007) The phylogeographic clade trade: tracing the impact of human-mediated dispersal on the colonisation of northern Europe by the oak gallwasp Andricus kollari. Molecular Ecology 16: 2768-2781.
Hayward A and Stone GN (2006) Comparative phylogeography across two trophic levels: the oak gall wasp Andricus kollari and its chalcid parasitoid Megastigmus stigmatizans. Molecular Ecology, 15: 479-489.
Willmer PG & Stone GN (2004). Factors structuring the daily activity patterns of Bees. Advances in the Study of Animal Behaviour 34: 347-466.
Stone GN & Sconrogge K (2003). The adaptive significance of insect gall morphology. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 18: 512-522.
Cook JM, Rokas A, Pagel M & Stone GN (2002). Evolutionary shifts between host oak sections and host plant organs in Andricus gallwasps. Evolution 56: 1821-1830.
Raine NE, Willmer PG & Stone GN. (2002). Spatial structuring and floral repellence prevent ant-pollinator conflict in a Mexican ant-acacia Ecology 83: 30863096.
Rokas A, Atkinson RJ, Nieves-Aldrey J-L, West, SA & Stone, GN (2002). The incidence and diversity of Wolbachia in gallwasps (Hymenoptera; Cynipidae) on oak. Molecular Ecology 11: 1815-1829.
Stone GN, Schonrogge K, Atkinson RJ, Bellido D & Pujade-Villar J (2002). The population biology of oak gallwasps (Hymenoptera: Cynipidae). Annual Review of Entomology 47: 633-668.
Stone GN, Willmer PG & Rowe JA (1998). Partitioning of pollinators during flowering in an African Acacia community. Ecology 79: 2808-2827.
Willmer PG & Stone G (1997). Ant deterrence in Acacia flowers: how aggressive ant-guards assist seed-set. Nature 388: 165-167.
This article was published on Feb 8, 2012