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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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