Press Coverage

Here is a selection of our best and most exciting press coverage for a number of our articles and papers. Links to the websites will open in a new window. Coming soon – PDF versions of all linked items and MP3 audio with transcripts of radio coverage.


  • Chambouvet, Aurélie, David J. Gower, Miloslav Jirků, Michael J. Yabsley, Andrew K. Davis, Guy Leonard, Finlay Maguire, et al. 2015. Cryptic infection of a broad taxonomic and geographic diversity of tadpoles by Perkinsea protists. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, August 10.


  • Leonard, G., and T. A. Richards. 2012. Genome-scale comparative analysis of gene fusions, gene fissions, and the fungal tree of life. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 109, no. 52 (December 26): 21402–21407.


  • Kim, E., J. W. Harrison, S. Sudek, M. D. M. Jones, H. M. Wilcox, T. A. Richards, A. Z. Worden, and J. M. Archibald. 2011. Newly identified and diverse plastid-bearing branch on the eukaryotic tree of life. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. January 4.
  • Richards, Thomas A. 2011. Genome Evolution: Horizontal Movements in the Fungi. Current Biology. Elsevier BV, February.
  • Jones, Meredith D. M., Irene Forn, Catarina Gadelha, Martin J. Egan, David Bass, Ramon Massana, and Thomas A. Richards. 2011. Discovery of novel intermediate forms redefines the fungal tree of life. Nature. Nature Publishing Group, May 11.
    • (10.1038/nature09984)
    • Featured in Nature News – Link –
    • Featured on the Nature Podcast – Link –
    • Featured on the BBC News – Link –
    • Featured on the University of Exeter News – Link –
    • Featured on NHM Nature Plus – Link –
    • Featured on NPR Radio – Link –
    • Featured on Bloomberg – Link –
    • Featured in WIRED Magazine – Link –
    • Featured on BBC’s Material World – Episode from 12 May 2011 – Link – Podcast Version
    • Featured on NERC’s Planet Earth Online – Link –
    • Feature and interview for the education out-reach journal Today’s Science – Link – PDF
  • Richards, Thomas A., Guy Leonard, Darren M. Soanes, and Nicholas J. Talbot. 2011. Gene transfer into the fungi. Fungal Biology Reviews. Elsevier BV, July.


  • Wickstead, Bill, Keith Gull, and Thomas A Richards. 2010. Patterns of kinesin evolution reveal a complex ancestral eukaryote with a multifunctional cytoskeleton. BMC Evol Biol. Springer Science + Business Media.


  • Richards, Thomas A, Darren M Soanes, Peter G Foster, Guy Leonard, Christopher R Thornton, and Nicholas J Talbot. 2009. Phylogenomic analysis demonstrates a pattern of rare and ancient horizontal gene transfer between plants and fungi. The Plant cell, no. 7 (July 7). doi:10.1105/tpc.109.065805
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    • ​Featured in Scope – Link –
    • Featured in Nature  – Link –


  • Richards, T. A., J. B. Dacks, S. A. Campbell, J. L. Blanchard, P. G. Foster, R. McLeod, and C. W. Roberts. 2006. Evolutionary Origins of the Eukaryotic Shikimate Pathway: Gene Fusions, Horizontal Gene Transfer, and Endosymbiotic Replacements. Eukaryotic Cell. American Society for Microbiology, September 1.
  • Richards, Thomas A., Joel B. Dacks, Joanna M. Jenkinson, Christopher R. Thornton, and Nicholas J. Talbot. 2006. Evolution of Filamentous Plant Pathogens: Gene Exchange across Eukaryotic Kingdoms. Current Biology. Elsevier BV, September.


  • Richards, Thomas A., and Thomas Cavalier-Smith. 2005. Myosin domain evolution and the primary divergence of eukaryotes. Nature. Nature Publishing Group, August 25.