James Frederick Fleming
As a postdoctoral researcher within FEZ, James' tasks include:
- Developing new methodologies to better ameliorate phylogenetic reconstruction artifacts.
- Better understanding the phylogenetic relationships of Lophotrochozoa.
- Collaborating with other groups with related interests to share methods, information and results.
James completed his PhD at Bristol University in 2014, studying the evolution of the visual protein opsin across animal life, with a particular focus on ecdysozoans: the group of animals that includes insects, crustaceans and tardigrades.
Following this, he obtained a JSPS postdoctoral fellowship at Keio University Institute of Advanced Biosciences in Japan, where he worked on the evolution of terrestrialisation in tardigrades.
James' research interests broadly revolve around protein evolution and the evolution of major transitions, particularly within the invertebrates. To accomplish this, he uses a range of molecular and fossil-informed strategies and methodologies, and is also interested in the development of new methodologies to tackle the problems that occur when using these tools, such as long branch attraction and compositional heterogeneity.
Fleming, J.F., Feuda, R., Roberts, N.W. and Pisani, D., 2020. A Novel Approach to Investigate the Effect of Tree Reconstruction Artifacts in Single-Gene Analysis Clarifies Opsin Evolution in Nonbilaterian Metazoans. Genome biology and evolution, 12(2), pp.3906-3916.
Fleming, J.F., Kristensen, R.M., Sørensen, M.V., Park, T.Y.S., Arakawa, K., Blaxter, M., Rebecchi, L., Guidetti, R., Williams, T.A., Roberts, N.W. and Vinther, J., 2018. Molecular palaeontology illuminates the evolution of ecdysozoan vision. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 285(1892), p.20182180.
Lozano-Fernandez, J., Giacomelli, M., Fleming, J.F., Chen, A., Vinther, J., Thomsen, P.F., Glenner, H., Palero, F., Legg, D.A., Iliffe, T.M. and Pisani, D., 2019. Pancrustacean evolution illuminated by taxon-rich genomic-scale data sets with an expanded remipede sampling. Genome biology and evolution, 11(8), pp.2055-2070.
Puttick, M.N., O'Reilly, J.E., Tanner, A.R., Fleming, J.F., Clark, J., Holloway, L., Lozano-Fernandez, J., Parry, L.A., Tarver, J.E., Pisani, D. and Donoghue, P.C., 2017. Uncertain-tree: discriminating among competing approaches to the phylogenetic analysis of phenotype data. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 284(1846), p.20162290.
O'Reilly, J.E., Puttick, M.N., Parry, L., Tanner, A.R., Tarver, J.E., Fleming, J., Pisani, D. and Donoghue, P.C., 2016. Bayesian methods outperform parsimony but at the expense of precision in the estimation of phylogeny from discrete morphological data. Biology letters, 12(4), p.20160081.