My research combines genetics and genomics with ecological analyses and experiments to study adaptation and speciation. I’m interested in how organisms adapt to their environment, the influence this can have on the evolution of reproductive isolation and the extent to which this can be a predictable and repeatable process. I’m particularly keen on the evolution and conservation of island plants, but it’s not unheard of for me to dabble with animals too (mainly fish).
Contact Details

Dr. Alexander S. T. Papadopulos

Lecturer in Molecular Ecology and Genomics

Molecular Ecology and Fisheries Genetics Laboratory

Environment Centre Wales, School of Biological Sciences, Bangor University,  Bangor, LL57 2UW

+44 (0)12480382234


  • Senior Lecturer, Bangor University. (2019-Present)
  • Lecturer, Bangor University. (2017-2019)
  • Research Leader, RBG, Kew. (2015-2017)
  • PDRA, University of Oxford. (2014-2015)
  • PDRA, Imperial College London. (2011-2014)
  • PhD, Imperial College London. (2011)
  • MSc (Distinction), Imperial College London/NHM, London. (2007)
  • BSc (Hons), University of Southampton. (2005)

  • NERC Standard Grant – New Investigator. (£783,000; 2017)
  • Howard Lloyd Davies Legacy Grant. (£50,000; 2015)
  • Royal Society Research Grant. (£15,000; 2015)
  • Irene Manton Prize for Botany – Linnean Society of London. (2012)
  • NERC PhD studentship. (2007)
  • Bursary (NHM, London). (2006)




  • UK Plant Evolution conference, University of Cambridge, Cambridge. (2016)
  • Science Day, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford. (2014)
  • Advances in Ecological Speciation conference, CIBIO, Porto. (2013)
  • Invited seminar, Copenhagen Natural History Museum. (2013)
  • Centre for Population Biology seminar, Imperial College London. (2012)
  • Invited seminar, RBG Kew. (2011)
  • Evolution conference, Oklahoma. (2011)
  • Kew Students’ Symposium, RBG Kew. (2010)
  • 11th Young Systematists Forum, Natural History Museum, London. (2009)
  • Centre for Population Biology seminar, Imperial College London. (2009)


  • UK Plant Evolution conference, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh. (2014)
  • Speciation conference, Laxenburg, Austria. (2010)
  • Methods of Empirical Speciation Research, Lucerne, Switzerland. (2010)
  • 9th Young Systematists Forum, Natural History Museum, London. (2007)
Peer Review


Associate Editor – Plant Ecology & Diversity

Associate Editor – Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society

Reviewer – Annals of Botany, Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, Evolution, Journal of Biogeography, Journal of Heredity, Molecular Ecology, Oikos, Plant Ecology & Diversity, PLOS One, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences and Systematic Biology.


NERC Peer Review College Member (2020-Present)