Staff Catalogue


Department of Biological Sciences
FST 02 - Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences, B162
University Campus

Anna Papadopoulou is an Associate Professor at UCY and head of the Molecular Ecology and Evolution Lab. She studied Biology at the University of Athens (Greece) and then obtained her MSc and Ph.D. from Imperial College London (UK) in the field of Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology. She subsequently worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Michigan (US) and at two research institutes of CSIC (Spain), until joining UCY as an Assistant Professor in 2017.


Imperial College London, UK; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Ph.D. 2010

Imperial College London, UK; Taxonomy and Biodiversity; MSc. 2003

University of Athens, Greece; Biology; BSc. 2001


Postdoctoral and Academic Positions:

2023- today: Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cyprus

2017-2023: Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cyprus

2015-2017 Research Fellow, Doñana Biological Station (EBD-CSIC), Seville, Spain

2013-2015 Postdoctoral Fellow, EEB Department, University of Michigan, USA

2011-2013 Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Evolutionary Biology (CSIC), Barcelona




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Molecular Ecology and Evolution Lab

The Molecular Ecology and Evolution Lab applies molecular genetics and genomic tools to address ecological questions, with a special focus on the study of island communities. Specifically, we use molecular markers and genomic data to study the phylogeny, phylogeography and population genetics of island taxa, while we also apply DNA-based methodologies to the analysis of biodiversity patterns. Overall, we aim to understand the ecological and evolutionary processes that generate and maintain biodiversity in island systems.

Research topics in the Molecular Ecology and Evolution Lab include:

1. Comparative phylogeography and population genomics to understand the role of ecological traits in the dispersal propensity and diversification of island taxa.

2. Studying the effects of Quaternary climatic change and sea-level oscillations on the demographic history and diversification of island taxa.

3. Developing and applying DNA-based methodologies for species delimitation, large-scale biodiversity assessment and diet inference of poorly known taxonomic groups.

For these purposes, we combine fieldwork with labwork and bioinformatic analysis of molecular and genomic data.

Noguerales V, Meramveliotakis E, Castro-Insua A, Andujar C, Arribas P, Creedy TJ, Overcast I, Morlon H, Emerson BC, Vogler AP, & Papadopoulou A (2023). Community metabarcoding reveals the relative role of environmental filtering and spatial processes in metacommunity dynamics of soil arthropods across a mosaic of montane forests. Molecular Ecology

Overcast, I, Noguerales, V, Meramveliotakis, E, Andújar, C, Arribas, P. Creedy, TJ, Emerson, B.C., Vogler, AP, Papadopoulou, A & Morlon, H (2023). Inferring the ecological and evolutionary determinants of community genetic diversity. Molecular Ecology

Fujisawa, T, Noguerales, V, Meramveliotakis, E, Papadopoulou, A & Vogler, AP (2023). Image-based taxonomic classification of bulk biodiversity samples using deep learning and domain adaptation. Systematic Entomology 48: 387-401

Creedy, TJ, Andujar, C, Meramveliotakis, E, Noguerales, V, Overcast, I, Papadopoulou, A, Morlon, H, Vogler, AP, Emerson, BC & Arribas, P (2022). Coming of age for COI metabarcoding of whole organism community DNA: towards bioinformatic harmonisation. Molecular Ecology Resources 22: 847-861

Arribas P, Andújar C, Bidartondo MI, Bohmann K, Coissac É, Creer S, deWaard JR, Elbrecht V, Ficetola GF, Goberna M, Kennedy S., Krehenwinkel H, Leese F, Novotny V, Ronquist F, Yu DW, Zinger L, Creeedy TJ, Meramveliotakis E, Noguerales V, Overcast I, Morlon H, Vogler AP, Papadopoulou A & Emerson BC (2021). Connecting high‐throughput biodiversity inventories: Opportunities for a site‐based genomic framework for global integration and synthesis. Molecular Ecology 30:1120-1135

Tonzo, V, Papadopoulou, A & Ortego, J (2020). Genomic footprints of an old affair: Single nucleotide polymorphism data reveal historical hybridization and the subsequent evolution of reproductive barriers in two recently diverged grasshoppers with partly overlapping distributions. Molecular Ecology 29: 2254-2268

Tonzo, V, Papadopoulou, A & Ortego, J (2019). Genomic data reveal deep genetic structure but no support for current taxonomic designation in a grasshopper species complex. Molecular Ecology 28: 3869-3886

Papadopoulou, A, Knowles LL (2017). Linking micro- and macroevolutionary perspectives to evaluate the role of Quaternary sea-level oscillations in island diversification. Evolution 71: 2901–2917

Papadopoulou A, Knowles LL. (2016) Towards a paradigm shift in comparative phylogeography driven by trait-based hypotheses. Proc. Natl. Academy Sci. USA 113:8018-8024

Papadopoulou, A, Knowles LL. (2015) Species-specific responses to island connectivity cycles: refined models for testing phylogeographic concordance across a Mediterranean Pleistocene Aggregate Island complex. Molecular Ecology 24: 4252-4268

Papadopoulou, A, Taberlet, P, Zinger, L. (2015) Metagenome skimming for phylogenetic community ecology: a new era in biodiversity research. Molecular Ecology 24: 3515-3517

Papadopoulou, A, Knowles LL. (2015) Genomic tests of the species-pump hypothesis: recent island connectivity cycles drive population divergence but not speciation in Caribbean crickets across the Virgin Islands. Evolution 69: 1501–1517

Papadopoulou, A, Chesters, D, Coronado, I, De la Cadena, G, Cardoso, A, Reyes, JC, Maes, J-M, Ricardo M. Rueda, RM, Gómez-Zurita J (2015). Automated DNA-based plant identification for large-scale biodiversity assessment. Molecular Ecology Resources 15: 136-152

Papadopoulou, A, Cardoso, A, Gómez-Zurita, J (2013). Diversity and diversification of Eumolpinae (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) in New Caledonia. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 168: 473-495

Papadopoulou A, Anastasiou I, Spagopoulou F, Stalimerou M, Terzopoulou S, Legakis A, Vogler AP (2011). Testing the species-genetic diversity correlation in the Aegean archipelago: toward a haplotype-based macroecology? American Naturalist 178: 241-255

Papadopoulou, A, Anastasiou, I, Vogler, AP (2010). Revisiting the insect mitochondrial molecular clock: the mid-Aegean trench calibration. Molecular Biology & Evolution 27: 1659-1672

Papadopoulou, A, Jones, AG, Hammond PM, Vogler, AP (2009). DNA taxonomy and phylogeography of beetles of the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas). Molecular Phylogenetics & Evolution 53: 935 – 947

Papadopoulou, A, Monaghan, MT, Barraclough, TG, Vogler, AP (2009). Sampling Error Does Not Invalidate the Yule-Coalescent Model for Species Delimitation. A Response to Lohse. Systematic Biology 58: 442 – 444

Papadopoulou, A, Anastasiou, I, Keskin, B, Vogler, AP (2009). Comparative phylogeography of tenebrionid beetles in the Aegean archipelago: the effect of dispersal ability and habitat preference. Molecular Ecology 18: 2503 – 2517

Papadopoulou, A, Bergsten, J, Fujisawa, T, Monaghan, MT, Barraclough, TG, Vogler, AP (2008). Speciation and DNA barcodes: testing the effects of dispersal on the formation of discrete sequence clusters. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 363: 2987 – 2996

Hunt, T, Bergsten, J, Levkanicova, Z, Papadopoulou, A, John, OS, Wild, R, Hammond, PM, Ahrens, D, Balke, M, Caterino, MS, Gomez-Zurita, J, Ribera, I, Barraclough, TG, Bocakova, M, Bocak, L, Vogler, AP (2007). A comprehensive phylogeny of beetles reveals the evolutionary origins of a superradiation. Science 318: 1913 – 1916