- Email Address
- [email protected]
- Research Areas
- Research Keywords
- Animal and plant conservation
- DNA barcoding and its application
- Ecology and evolution
- fish oil-free diets in Atlantic salmon
- Genomic basis of local adaptation
- genomic basis of the evolution of mutualism
- Heritability of phenotypic plasticity
- Marine environments
- Natural resource management
- QTL mapping of pathogen resistance
- resistance to pathogens of Atlantic salmon
- Research Description
My laboratory investigates the factors that determine whether a population will adapt to a change in the biological environment without going extinct. This is important because current rates of environmental change experienced by animal populations are higher than over most of the fossil record.
- Research Summary
The current rates of environmental change experienced by animal populations are higher than have been experienced over much of fossil record. My laboratory investigates the factors that determine whether a population will adapt to a change in the environment without going extinct. Our current projects are:
1) Invasion biology, comparing scales of local genetic adaptation to exotic predators by prey with high and low dispersal potential.
2) Genomic selection and genome wide association analysis of growth, shape, pathogen resistant and life history traits in Atlantic salmon populations.
3) Assessing heritable variation in biological control of the salmon louse by two species of cleaner fish and co-operative behaviour by their client, Atlantic salmon.
- Techniques Used
Genome Wide Association Studies (GWAS); molecular population genomics; mapping of quantitative traits; pathogen challenges; correlation between intertidal snail population anomalies and climate change.
- Lab Equipment
High speed benchtop plate centrifuge; plate shaker; automatic multichannel pipettors; four used kayaks at field site.
- Locations of international collaborators
Norwegian University of Life Sciences (Norway); University of Vigo (Spain).