Nicola Nadeau

NERC Independent Research Fellow – Department of Animal and Plant Sciences

Dr Nicola Nadeau became interested in the natural world at a young age. After studying Zoology at Newcastle, she secured a PhD at Cambridge in evolutionary genetics. She moved from being unsure that genetics was really the area she wanted to be in, to becoming captivated by the possibilities it presented. She thoroughly enjoyed the PhD process, helped along by a supportive department and supervisor. After completing her PhD and a brief stint as a postdoc with her PhD adviser, she moved on to a 5 year postdoc position in a different lab. With the support of her postdoc adviser, she developed a side project into a fellowship application. After a few unsuccessful attempts, she bolstered her publication record with some high profile articles and was eventually successful, securing a NERC fellowship at Sheffield. This was a major transition and quite lonely at times but she formed some strong collaborations and has now settled into managing her own research group on the evolution of structural colour in butterflies.

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Career Timeline

2002

BSc (hons) Zoology, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

2004

Last author paper

N.I. Mundy, N. Badcock, T. Hart, K. Scribner, K. Janssen, N.J. Nadeau. 2004. Conserved Genetic Basis of a Quantitative Plumage Trait Involved in Mate Choice. Science 303: 1870-1873.

2006

PhD, Zoology, University of Cambridge

2006–2013

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge

2006

First author paper

N.J. Nadeau, F. Minvielle, N.I. Mundy. 2006. Association of a Glu92Lys substitution in MC1R with extended brown in Japanese quail (Coturnix japonica). Animal Genetics 37: 287-289.

2007

First author paper

N.J. Nadeau, N.I. Mundy, D. Gourichon, F. Minvielle. 2007. Association of a single-nucleotide substitution in TYRP1 with roux in Japanese quail (Coturnix japonica). Animal Genetics 38: 609-613.

2007

First author paper

N.J. Nadeau, T. Burke, N.I. Mundy. 2007. Evolution of an avian pigmentation gene correlates with a measure of sexual selection. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 274: 1807-1813.

2008

First author paper

N.J. Nadeau, F. Minvielle, S. Ito, M. Inoue-Murayama, D. Gourichon, S.A. Johns, T. Burke, N.I. Mundy. 2008. Characterization of Japanese Quail yellow as a Genomic Deletion Upstream of the Avian Homolog of the Mammalian ASIP (agouti) Gene. Genetics 178: 777-786.

2010

Second author paper

S.W. Baxter, N.J. Nadeau, L.S. Maroja, P. Wilkinson, B.A. Counterman, A. Dawson, M. Beltran, S. Perez-Espona, N. Chamberlain, L. Ferguson, R. Clark, C. Davidson, R. Glithero, J. Mallet, O. W. McMillan, M. Kronforst, M. Joron, R.H. ffrench-Constant, and C.D. Jiggins. 2010. Genomic hotspots for adaptation: the population genetics of Müllerian mimicry in the Heliconius melpomene clade. PLoS Genetics 6: e1000794.

2011

Symposium on Using next generation sequencing technologies in evolutionary biology, Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris

2012–2013

Visiting researcher, Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield

2012

First author paper

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

2012

Other author paper

A. Martin, R. Papa, N.J. Nadeau, R.I. Hill, B.A. Counterman, G. Halder, C.D. Jiggins, M.R. Kronforst, A.D. Long, W.O. McMillan, R.D. Reed. 2012 Diversification of complex butterfly wing patterns by repeated regulatory evolution of a Wnt ligand. PNAS 109: 12632-12637

2012

EvoDevo Seminar, University of California, Berkeley, USA

2013

Adapting to Global Change in the Mediterranean Conference, Seville, Spain

2013

First author paper

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

2014–2019

NERC Independent Research Fellowship, University of Sheffield

2014

Supervisor to NERC DTP funded PhD student

2014

First author paper

N.J. Nadeau, M. Ruiz, P. Salazar, B. Counterman, J.A. Medina, H. Ortiz-Zuazaga, A. Morrison, W.O. McMillan, C.D. Jiggins, R. Papa. 2014. Population genomics of parallel hybrid zones in the mimetic butterflies, H. melpomene and H. erato. Genome Research. 24:1316–1333

2014

Other author paper

R.M. Merrill, A. Chia, N. J. Nadeau. 2014. Divergent warning patterns contribute to assortative mating between Incipient Heliconius species. Ecology and Evolution 4: 911–17.

2014

BioCamb seminar, Universidad Indomérica, Quito, Ecuador

2014

Royal Society Summer of Science Exhibition

2014–present

Reviewing Editor, Journal of Evolutionary Biology

2014

STEMnet Science Ambassador

2015–2017

Royal Society Award (£12,000) Finding the Genes that Control Structural Colour in Butterflies

2015

Research Fellow at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

2015

Top reviewer for Molecular Ecology

2015

Teaching on Level 1 (Skills for biologists) Level 2 (Evolutionary Biology) and Level 4 (research project and dissertation) undergraduate modules

2013

Partnership with Forge Valley School through STEMnet (support for teaching evolution and genetics in the classroom with examples from my research)

2013

Butterfly Evolution event at Sheffield Fesitval of Science and Engineering

2013

Evolutionary Biology Centre Seminar, Uppsala, Sweden

2015

Postgraduate teaching on EMBO practical course on measuring intra-species diversity using high-throughput sequencing, Oeiras, Portugal

2015

Butterfly Evolution activities at APS Christmas lecture

2016

Genetics Society Award (£2,350) Genes and development summer studentship

2016

Ethics reviewer

2016

Coordinating submission of NERC highlight topic idea

2016

First author paper

N.J. Nadeau, C. Pardo-Diaz, A. Whibley, M.A. Supple, S.V. Saenko, R.W.R. Wallbank, G.C. Wu, L. Maroja, L. Ferguson, J.J. Hanly, H. Hines, C. Salazar, R.M. Merrill, A.J. Dowling, R.H. ffrench-Constant, V. Llaurens, M. Joron, W.O. McMillan, C.D. Jiggins, 2016. The gene cortex controls mimicry and crypsis in butterflies and moths. Nature 534, 106–110.

2018

Last author paper

A.J. Parnell, J.E. Bradford, E.V. Curran, A.L. Washington, G. Adams, M.N. Brien, S.L. Burg, C. Morochz, J.P.A. Fairclough, P. Vukusic, S.J. Martin, S. Doak, N.J. Nadeau, 2018. Wing scale ultrastructure underlying convergent and divergent iridescent colours in mimetic Heliconius butterflies. J. R. Soc. Interface 15: 20170948. doi:10.1098/rsif.2017.0948

2018

NERC New Investigator, Standard Grant “Understanding temperature adaptation in tropical insects”

2018

Last author paper

M.N. Brien, J. Enciso-Romero, A.J. Parnell, P.A. Salazar, C. Morochz, D. Chala, H. Bainbridge, T. Zinn, E.V. Curran, N.J. Nadeau, 2018. Phenotypic variation in Heliconius erato crosses shows iridescent structural colour is sex-linked and controlled by multiple genes. J R Soc Interface Focus 9:20180047. doi:10.1098/rsfs.2018.0047

2019

Permanent lectureship