Professor Stuart Piertney

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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  • 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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