Professor Stuart Piertney
Chair in Molecular Ecology and Evolution
Rooms 410 (Office) and 222 (Lab) Zoology Building
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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Local genetic structure in red grouse (Lagopus lagopus scoticus): evidence from microsatellite DNA markersMolecular Ecology, vol. 7, no. 12, pp. 1645-1654Contributions to Journals: Articles
Characterization of tetranucleotide microsatellite markers in the Scottish crossbill (Loxia scotica)Molecular Ecology, vol. 7, no. 9, pp. 1261-1263Contributions to Journals: Articles
Isolation and characterization of highly polymorphic microsatellites in the water vole, Arvicola terrestrisMolecular Ecology, vol. 7, no. 9, pp. 1258-1259Contributions to Journals: Articles
Microsatellite primers for the Eurasian otterMolecular Ecology, vol. 7, no. 9, pp. 1248-1251Contributions to Journals: Articles
Population introgression and differentiation in the great cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo in EuropeMolecular Ecology, vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 329-338Contributions to Journals: Articles
Highly polymorphic microsatellite markers in the great cormorant Phalacrocorax carboMolecular Ecology, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 138-140Contributions to Journals: Articles
Interspecific comparisons of genetic population structure in members of the Jaera albifrons species complexJournal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, vol. 77, no. 1, pp. 77-93Contributions to Journals: Articles
Isolation and characterization of hypervariable microsatellites in the red grouse Lagopus lagopus scoticusMolecular Ecology, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 93-95Contributions to Journals: Articles
- [ONLINE] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1046/j.1365-294X.1997.00154.x
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Sex ratio variation in the intertidal isopod, Jaera albifronsJournal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, vol. 76, no. 3, pp. 825-828Contributions to Journals: Articles
DETECTION OF HIGH-LEVELS OF GENETIC RELATEDNESS IN ROCK-POPULATIONS OF AN INTERTIDAL ISOPOD USING DNA-FINGERPRINTINGJournal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, vol. 75, no. 4, pp. 967-976Contributions to Journals: Articles