Dr Kara Layton

Dr Kara Layton
BSc, MSc, PhD


Dr Kara Layton
Dr Kara Layton

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2020: Lecturer in Marine Biology, University of Aberdeen

2019-2020: Postdoctoral Fellow, Ocean Frontier Institute (Memorial University of Newfoundland) and Bedford Institute of Oceanography

2015-2018: PhD (Marine Biology), University of Western Australia

2010-2013: MSc (Integrative Biology), University of Guelph

2005-2009: BSc (Marine & Freshwater Biology), University of Guelph


Research Overview

My research uses integrative approaches to understand how and why there is so much diversity in our oceans, and how climate change will impact this diversity. I investigate patterns of biodiversity and the evolutionary processes driving this diversity using field work, museum collections, genomic tools, phylogenetic inference, population genetics, microscopy and ecological modelling. I am particularly interested in investigating i) the evolution of warning colouration and mimicry in nudibranchs, ii) the evolution of parasitism in marine gastropods and iii) climate-linked biodiversity loss in our oceans.


Teaching Responsibilities

Course Coordinator:

ZO4820/ZO5820: Marine Biodiversity



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