Professor Alex Douglas

Professor Alex Douglas
Professor Alex Douglas
Professor Alex Douglas

Personal Chair

Accepting PhDs

Email Address
Telephone Number
+44 (0)1224 272873
Office Address
411 Zoology Building
Old Aberdeen Campus
Tillydrone Avenue
AB24 2TZ

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School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships
External Memberships

Prizes and Awards

University of Aberdeen Excellence Awards - Best Taught Postgraduate lecturer 2017


Research Areas

Accepting PhDs

I am currently accepting PhDs in Biological and Environmental Sciences, Nutrition and Health, Biomedical Sciences, Applied Health Sciences.

Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your research ideas further.

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Biological and Environmental Sciences

Accepting PhDs

Nutrition and Health

Accepting PhDs

Biomedical Sciences

Accepting PhDs

Applied Health Sciences

Accepting PhDs

Research Specialisms

  • Applied Statistics
  • Statistical Modelling
  • Bioinformatics
  • Medical Statistics
  • Statistics

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.

Funding and Grants

2021 -2022

Artificial intelligence approaches to improve diagnosis of gill disease in Atlantic salmon (AIGD). SAIC & The DataLab, £44K.

Professor Sam Martin (UoA) and Dr Alex Douglas.

2020 - 2022

Spatial and temporal drivers of gill pathology in Atlantic Salmon. SAIC, £160K.

Professor Sam Martin (UoA) and Dr Alex Douglas.

2017 - 2020

Assessing harbour deepening on bottlenose dolphins in Charleston. South Carolina Aquarium, £80K.

Professor David Lusseau (DBT), Dr Alex Douglas, Dr Dorian Houser (National Marine Mammal Foundation, USA), Dr Patricia Fair (USDOC/NOAA/NOS/NCCOS, USA).

2017 - 2021

The role of hypothalmic neuropeptide network in regulating tissues sizes in response to diet energy content and composition. BBSRC, £550K.

Professor John Speakman (UoA and Chinese Academy of Sciences) and Dr Alex Douglas.

2017 - 2019

Clinical nutrition and the treatment of Atlantic salmon gill diseases. SAIC, £284K.

Professor Sam Martin (UoA) and Dr Alex Douglas.

2017 - 2018

A collaborative feasibility study of the use of eDNA for ecosystem monitoring. Scottish Government, £12K

Dr Alex Douglas and Dr Iveta Matejusova (MSS).

2016 - 2019

Piezophillic adaptationin deep sea amphipods. NERC. £421K.

Professor Stu Piertney (UoA) and Dr Alex Douglas.

2015 - 2018

The genomic landscape of adaptive radiation in the Jaera albifrons species complex . NERC. £340K.

Professor Stu Piertney (UoA) and Dr Alex Douglas.

2015 - 2017

Gut health and immune function: the emerging role of gut microbiota in sustainable aquaculture. BBSRC-NERC, £212K.

Professor Sam Martin (UoA), Dr Alex Douglas, Dr Petra Lewis (UoA), Dr Daniel Merrifield (University of Plymouth),   Dr Rachel Lawrence (Royal Veterinary College), Professor Douglas Tocher (University of Stirling), Professor Simon Davies(University of Plymouth).

2015 - 2016

The health black box in PCOD. Understanding the onset of health impacts caused by disturbances. ONR, £260K.

Dr David Lusseau (UoA), Dr Alex Douglas, Professor John Speakman (UoA and Chinese Academy of Sciences), Dr Dorian Houser (National Marine Mammal Foundation, USA), Dr Patricia Fair (USDOC/NOAA/NOS/NCCOS, USA), Mark Styczynski (Georgia Institute of Technolofy, USA).

2015- 2018

Explaining niche separation in tropical forests: feedbacks between root-fungal symbioses and soil phosphorus partitioning . NERC. £521K.

Professor David Burslem  (UoA), Professor David Johnson (UoA), Dr Andy Taylor (UoA), Dr Alex Douglas.

2013 - 2016

Genome-wide association mapping and landscape scale modelling of heritable ionomic diversity in Arabidopsis thaliana populations. BBSRC. £605K

Professor David Salt (UoA), Dr Alex Douglas, Professor Pete Smith (UoA).

2013 - 2016

The human fetal liver: development and response to maternal drug use. MRC, £600K,

Professor P. Fowler (UoA),  Dr Alex Douglas (UoA),  Dr David Hay (University of Edinburgh), Professor John Iredale (University of Edinburgh),  Professor P.O’shaughnessy (University of Glasgow).




Teaching Responsibilities

I am Programme Coordinator for PGR Quantitative Research and Skills in the School of Biological Sciences with overall responsibility for the strategic direction, curricula development, coordination and provision of statistics teaching and training for the postgraduate community. 

I also coordinate and teach multiple courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, in the field, in the classroom and also online. Currently I teach on:



BI29Z3 'Biodiversity Field Course'

Postgraduate Taught

MSc BI5009 'Experimental Design and Analysis' (course coordinator)

MSc BI5010 'Statistics for Complex Study designs' (course coordinator)

Postgraduate Research

QUADRAT and SUPER NERC DTPs 'An Introduction to R for biologists' (course coordinator)

QUADRAT NERC DTP 'An Introduction to Linear Modelling Using R' (course coordinator)

PGR 'An Introduction to R' (course coordinator)

PGR 'An Introduction to Statistical Modelling in R' (course coordinator)

PGR ' An Introduction to Generalised Linear Modelling using R' (course coordinator)


Previous Teaching

UG BI3010 'Statistical Analysis of Biological Data' (course coordinator)

MSc BI5505 'Introduction to Bayesian Inference' (course coordinator)

MSc ZO5304 'Population and Community Ecology'


I have also written a free open access book which introduces researchers to using R for robust and reproducible research. 

Non-course Teaching Responsibilities

I am a personal tutor for 16 undergraduate students


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  • Negative correlation between milk production and brown adipose tissue gene expression in lactating mice

    Król, E., Martin, S., Huhtaniemi, I., Douglas, A., Speakman, J.
    Journal of Experimental Biology, vol. 214, no. 24, pp. 4160-4170
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Transcriptomic responses to functional feeds in Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar)

    Tacchi, L., Douglas, A., Secombes, C. J., Bickerdike, R., Martin, S. A. M.
    Fish & Shellfish Immunology, vol. 31, no. 5, pp. 704-715
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Starvation alters the liver transcriptome of the innate immune response in Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar)

    Martin, S. A. M., Douglas, A., Houlihan, D. F., Secombes, C. J.
    BMC Genomics, vol. 11, 418
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Individual growth rates in natural field vole, Microtus agrestis, populations exhibiting cyclic population dynamics

    Burthe, S. J., Lambin, X., Telfer, S. E., Douglas, A., Beldomenico, P., Smith, A. D., Begon, M.
    Oecologia, vol. 162, no. 3, pp. 653-661
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Using quantitative real-time PCR to detect salmonid prey in scats of grey Halichoerus grypus and harbour Phoca vitulina seals in Scotland: an experimental and field study

    Matejusova, I., Doig, F., Middlemas, S., MacKay, S., Douglas, A., Armstrong, J., Cunningham, C., Snow, M.
    Journal of Applied Ecology, vol. 45, no. 2, pp. 632 - 640
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Population consequences of Behaviour in the European bitterling (Rhodeus sericeus)

    Smith, C., Reichard, M., Douglas, A., Jurajda, P.
    Ecology of Freshwater Fish, vol. 15, pp. 139-144
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Isolation of microsatellite loci in the freshwater fish, the bitterling Rhodeus sericeus (Teleostei: Cyprinidae)

    Dawson, D., Burland, T., Douglas, A., LeComber, S., Bradshaw, M.
    Molecular Ecology, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 199-202
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • The diversity of bacteria associated with natural aphid populations.

    Haynes, S., Darby, A. C., Daniell, T. J., Webster, G., van Veen, F. J. F., Godfray, H. C. F., Prosser, J. I., Douglas, A.
    Applied and Environmental Microbiology, vol. 69, pp. 7216-7223
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Sexual conflict, sexual selection and sperm competition in the spawning decisions of bitterling, Rhodeus sericeus

    Smith, C., Douglas, A., Jurajda, P.
    Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, vol. 51, pp. 422-439
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • A proximate cue for oviposition site choice in the bitterling (Rhodeus sericeus)

    Smith, C., Rippon, K., Douglas, A., Jurajda, P.
    Freshwater Biology, vol. 46, pp. 903-911
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
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