Professor Stuart Piertney
Chair in Molecular Ecology and Evolution
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.
- 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).
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.
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Surviving winter on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau: Pikas suppress energy demands and exploit yak feces to survive winterProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 118, no. 30, e2100707118Contributions to Journals: Articles
Scavenging amphipods from the Wallaby-Zenith Fracture Zone: Extending the hadal paradigm beyond subduction trenchesMarine Biology, vol. 168, no. 1, 1Contributions to Journals: Articles
Extended Pelagic Life in a Bathybenthic OctopusFrontiers in Marine Science, vol. 7, 561125Contributions to Journals: Articles
Microplastics and synthetic particles ingested by deep-sea amphipods in six of the deepest marine ecosystems on EarthRoyal Society Open Science, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 1-11Contributions to Journals: Articles
Author Correction: Signatures of balancing selection in toll-like receptor (TLRs) genes – novel insights from a free-living rodent (Scientific Reports, (2018), 8, 1, (8361), 10.1038/s41598-018-26672-2)Scientific Reports, vol. 9, 7394Contributions to Journals: Comments and Debates
Parasite-mediated selection in red grouse--consequences for population dynamics and mate choiceWildlife Disease Ecology: Linking Theory to Data and Application, pp. 296-320Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
Heat-shock protein adaptation in abyssal and hadal amphipodsDeep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, vol. 155, pp. 61-69Contributions to Journals: Articles
Microbiome composition within a sympatric species complex of intertidal isopods (Jaera albifrons)PloS ONE, vol. 13, no. 8, e0202212Contributions to Journals: Articles
Mixed leptospira infections in a diverse reservoir host community, Madagascar, 2013–2015Emerging Infectious Diseases, vol. 24, no. 6, pp. 1138-1140Contributions to Journals: Articles
Signatures of balancing selection in toll-like receptor (TLRs) genes – novel insights from a free-living rodentScientific Reports, vol. 8, 8361Contributions to Journals: Articles
Estimating demographic contributions to effective population size in an age-structured wild population experiencing environmental and demographic stochasticityJournal of Animal Ecology, vol. 86, no. 5, pp. 1082-1093Contributions to Journals: Articles
Genome size variation in deep-sea amphipodsRoyal Society Open Science, vol. 4, pp. 1-9Contributions to Journals: Articles
Bioaccumulation of persistent organic pollutants in the deepest ocean faunaNature Ecology & Evolution, vol. 1, 0051Contributions to Journals: Articles
Population genetic structure of two congeneric deep-sea amphipod species from geographically isolated hadal trenches in the Pacific OceanDeep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers, vol. 119, pp. 50-57Contributions to Journals: Articles
Phylogeography of Rattus norvegicus in the South Atlantic OceanDifferentiation: Research in Biological Diversity, vol. 8, no. 4, 32Contributions to Journals: Articles
The compensatory potential of increased immigration following intensive American mink population control is diluted by male-biased dispersalBiological Invasions, vol. 18, pp. 3047-3061Contributions to Journals: Articles
Evidence of the phenotypic expression of a lethal recessive allele under inbreeding in a wild population of conservation concernJournal of Animal Ecology, vol. 85, no. 4, pp. 879-891Contributions to Journals: Articles
Isolation and Characterization of Microsatellite DNA Markers in the Deep-Sea Amphipod Paralicella tenuipes by Illumina MiSeq SequencingJournal of Heredity, vol. 107, no. 4, pp. 367-371Contributions to Journals: Articles
Adaptive and neutral genetic differentiation among Scottish and endangered Irish red grouse (Lagopus lagopus scotica)Conservation Genetics, vol. 17, no. 3, pp. 615-630Contributions to Journals: Articles
Harvested populations are more variable only in more variable environmentsEcology and Evolution, vol. 6, no. 12, pp. 4179-4191Contributions to Journals: Articles
Resolving patterns of population genetic and phylogeographic structure to inform control and eradication initiatives for brown rats Rattus norvegicus on South GeorgiaJournal of Applied Ecology, vol. 53, no. 2, pp. 332-339Contributions to Journals: Articles
Morphological and ontogenetic stratification of abyssal and hadal Eurythenes gryllus sensu lato (Amphipoda:Lysianassoidea) from the Peru-Chile TrenchDeep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers, vol. 109, pp. 91-98Contributions to Journals: Articles
The role of parasite-driven selection in shaping landscape genomic structure in red grouse (Lagopus lagopus scotica)Molecular Ecology, vol. 25, no. 1, pp. 324-341Contributions to Journals: Articles
Major Histocompatibility Complex (MHC) Class II sequence polymorphism in long-finned pilot whale (Globicephala melas) from the North AtlanticMarine Biology Research, vol. 12, no. 6, pp. 595-607Contributions to Journals: Articles
Connectivity and Dispersal Patterns of Protected Biogenic Reefs: Implications for the Conservation of Modiolus modiolus (L.) in the Irish SeaPloS ONE, vol. 10, no. 12, e0143337Contributions to Journals: Articles