Professor Stuart Piertney
Professor Stuart Piertney

Professor Stuart Piertney

Chair in Molecular Ecology and Evolution

About
Research

Research Overview

Research within the Piertney-Lab focuses on the interplay between evolutionary and ecological dynamics in natural populations. From an eco-to-evo perspective, I examine how different ecological, environmental and behavioural processes drive microevolution, adaptation and speciation. Then from an evo-to-eco perspective, I link how genetic diversity affects individual fitness, population dynamics, ecosystem function and population persistence.

Studies have either a gene-centric focus, examining candidate genes of known ecological importance and adaptive significance (e.g. MHC, MC1R, IFN), or exploit next-generation 'omics technologies to gain a more holistic understanding of adaptation and genome-wide responses to environmental and ecological change.

 

Current Research

  • Piezophilic adaptation in deep-ocean amphipods (NERC).
  • The genomic landscape of speciation and adaptive variation in the intertidal isopod Jaera albifrons (NERC).
  • Emergence, spread and persistence of maine invasive non-native species (with Marine Scotland Science, and South Atlantic Environment Research Institute).
  • Genome-wide responses to demographic perturbation in insular populations of water voles (BBSRC)
  • PolyExESS - Extreme environment simulation system for experimental evolution (NERC).
  • The ecology, evolution and epidemiology of zoonotic pathogens in fragmented multi-host populations (BBSRC).
  • The epigenomic landscape of maternal effects in the soil mite Sancassania berlesei (NERC).

Supervision

Maria Kamouyiaros - Mitochondrial DNA variation in the invasive tunicate Didemnum vexillum. 

Nathan Loustalot -  Next-generation DNA approaches to biodiversity monitoring during oil and gas decommissioning.

Eleanor Stroud - Causes and consequences of microbiome variation in the fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis).

Anna Wawer -  Immunogenic status of salmonid populations in Scotland.

Amy Guest - Sub tidal ecology of the Falkland Islands – a biogeographical comparison with the Straits of Magellan and the Beagle Channel.

Teaching
Publications

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  • Phylogenetic relationships among cirrate octopods (Mollusca:Cephalopoda) resolved using mitochondrial 16S ribosomal DNA sequences.

    Piertney, S. B., Hudelot, C., Hochberg, F. G., Collins, M. A.
    Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, vol. 27, pp. 348-353
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Population variation in the frequency of extra-pair paternity in the Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo.

    Piertney, S. B., Carss, D. N., Goostrey, A.
    Die Vogelwelt, vol. 124, pp. 149-155
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Similar estimates of population genetic composition and sex ratio from carcasses and faeces of Eurasian otter Lutra lutra

    Dallas, J. F., Coxon, K. E., Sykes, T., Chanin, P. R. F., Marshall, F., Carss, D. N., Bacon, P. J., Piertney, S. B., Racey, P. A.
    Molecular Ecology, vol. 12, pp. 275-285
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • The Scottish Crossbill - what we know and what we don't

    Summers, R., Piertney, S. B.
    British Birds, vol. 96, no. 3, pp. 100-111
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • The use and abuse of microsatellite DNA markers in conservation biology

    Moss, R., Piertney, S. B., Palmer, S. C. F.
    Wildlife Biology, vol. 9, pp. 243-250
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Inbreeding depression and male fitness in black grouse

    Hoglund, J., Piertney, S. B., Alatalo, R., Lindell, J., Lundberg, A., Rintamaki, P. T.
    Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. B, Biological Sciences, vol. 269, no. 1492, pp. 711-715
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Characterisation of microsatellite DNA markers in the white-bearded manakin (Manacus manacus)

    Piertney, S. B., Shorey, L., Hoglund, J.
    Molecular Ecology Notes, vol. 2, pp. 504-505
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Characterization of polymorphic microsatellite DNA markers in the ruff (Philomachus pugnax)

    Thuman, K. A., Widemo, F., Piertney, S. B.
    Molecular Ecology Notes, vol. 2, pp. 276-277
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Evolutionary relationships of Southern Ocean Octopodidae (Cephalopoda: Octopoda) and a new diagnosis of Pareledone

    Allcock, L., Piertney, S. B.
    Marine Biology, vol. 140, pp. 129-135
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Spatially restricted gene flow and reduced microsatellite polymorphism in the Eurasian otter Lutra lutra in Britain

    Dallas, J. F., Marshall, F., Piertney, S. B., Bacon, P. J., Racey, P. A.
    Conservation Genetics, vol. 3, pp. 15-29
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Microsatellite and mitochondrial DNA homogeneity among phenotypically diverse crossbill taxa in the UK

    Piertney, S. B., Summers, R., Marquiss, M.
    Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. B, Biological Sciences, vol. 268, no. 1475, pp. 1511-1517
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Dispersal, intraspecific competition, kin competition, and kin facilitation: A review of the empirical evidence

    Lambin, X., Aars, J., Piertney, S. B.
    Dispersal. Clobert, J., Danchin, E., Dhondt, A. A., Nichols, J. D. (eds.). Oxford University Press
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
  • Polymorphic microsatellite DNA markers in black grouse (Tetrao tetrix)

    Piertney, S. B., Hoglund, J.
    Molecular Ecology Notes, vol. 1, pp. 303-304
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Sex identification of the Eurasian otter Lutra lutra by PCR typing of spraints

    Dallas, J. F., Carss, D. N., Marshall, F., Koepfli, K. P., Kruuk, H., Piertney, S. B., Bacon, P. J.
    Conservation Genetics, vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 181-183
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Fine-scale genetic structuring on Manacus manacus leks

    Shorey, L., Piertney, S., Stone, J., Hoglund, J.
    Nature, vol. 408, pp. 352-353
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Matrilineal genetic structure and female-mediated gene flow in red grouse (Lagopus lagopus scoticus): An analysis using mitochondrial DNA

    Piertney, S. B., MacColl, A. D. C., Bacon, P. J., Racey, P. A., Lambin, X., Dallas, J. F.
    Evolution, vol. 54, pp. 279-289
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Microsatellite markers for the fossa (Cryptoprocta ferox)

    Piertney, S. B., Dallas, J. F., Hawkins, C. E., Racey, P. A.
    Molecular Ecology, vol. 9, pp. 489-490
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Spatial arrangement of kin affects recruitment success in young male red grouse

    MacColl, A. D. C., Piertney, S. B., Moss, R., Lambin, X.
    Oikos, vol. 90, pp. 261-270
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Genetic diversity in the Eurasian otter, Lutra lutra, in Scotland. Evidence from microsatellite polymorphism

    Dallas, J. F., Bacon, P. J., Carss, D. N., Conroy, J. W. H., Green, R., Jefferies, D. J., Kruuk, H., Marshall, F., Piertney, S. B., Racey, P. A.
    Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, vol. 68, pp. 73-86
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Isolation and characterization of microsatellite loci in the freshwater gastropod, Biomphalaria glabrata, an intermediate host for Schistosoma mansoni

    Jones, C. S., Lockyer, A. E., Rollinson, D., Piertney, S. B., Noble, L. R.
    Molecular Ecology, vol. 8, pp. 2149-2151
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Metapopulation genetic structure in the water vole, Arvicola terrestris, in NE Scotland

    Stewart, W. A., Dallas, J. F., Piertney, S. B., Marshall, F., Lambin, X., Telfer, S.
    Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, vol. 68, pp. 159-171
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Spatial distribution of genetic relatedness in a moorland population of red grouse (Lagopus lagopus scoticus)

    Piertney, S. B., MacColl, A. D. C., Lambin, X., Moss, R., Dallas, J. F.
    Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, vol. 68, pp. 317-331
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • The Natural Environment Research Council-Royal Society of Edinburgh Symposium on Molecular Genetics in Animal Ecology, September 1998 - Foreword

    Racey, P., Bacon, P., Dallas, J., Piertney, S.
    Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, vol. 68, no. 1-2, pp. 1-1
    Contributions to Journals: Editorials
  • Local genetic structure in red grouse (Lagopus lagopus scoticus): evidence from microsatellite DNA markers

    Piertney, S., MacColl, A., Bacon, P., Dallas, J.
    Molecular Ecology, vol. 7, no. 12, pp. 1645-1654
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Characterization of tetranucleotide microsatellite markers in the Scottish crossbill (Loxia scotica)

    Piertney, S., Marquiss, M., Summers, R.
    Molecular Ecology, vol. 7, no. 9, pp. 1261-1263
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Isolation and characterization of highly polymorphic microsatellites in the water vole, Arvicola terrestris

    Stewart, W., Piertney, S., Dallas, J.
    Molecular Ecology, vol. 7, no. 9, pp. 1258-1259
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Microsatellite primers for the Eurasian otter

    Dallas, J., Piertney, S.
    Molecular Ecology, vol. 7, no. 9, pp. 1248-1251
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Population introgression and differentiation in the great cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo in Europe

    Goostrey, A., Carss, D. N., Noble, L. R., Piertney, S. B.
    Molecular Ecology, vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 329-338
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Highly polymorphic microsatellite markers in the great cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo

    Piertney, S., Goostrey, A., Dallas, J., Carss, D.
    Molecular Ecology, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 138-140
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Interspecific comparisons of genetic population structure in members of the Jaera albifrons species complex

    Carvalho, G., Piertney, S.
    Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, vol. 77, no. 1, pp. 77-93
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Isolation and characterization of hypervariable microsatellites in the red grouse Lagopus lagopus scoticus

    Piertney, S. B., Dallas, J. F.
    Molecular Ecology, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 93-95
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Sex ratio variation in the intertidal isopod, Jaera albifrons

    Piertney, S., Carvalho, G.
    Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, vol. 76, no. 3, pp. 825-828
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • DETECTION OF HIGH-LEVELS OF GENETIC RELATEDNESS IN ROCK-POPULATIONS OF AN INTERTIDAL ISOPOD USING DNA-FINGERPRINTING

    PIERTNEY, S., CARVALHO, G., Piertney, S. B.
    Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, vol. 75, no. 4, pp. 967-976
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • MICROGEOGRAPHIC GENETIC DIFFERENTIATION IN THE INTERTIDAL ISOPOD JAERA ALBIFRONS LEACH .2. TEMPORAL VARIATION IN ALLELE FREQUENCIES

    PIERTNEY, S., CARVALHO, G., Piertney, S. B.
    Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, vol. 188, no. 2, pp. 277-288
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
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