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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A systematic review of phenotypic responses to between-population outbreedingEnvironmental Evidence, vol. 2, 13Contributions to Journals: Articles
Eco-evolutionary dynamics in response to selection on life-historyEcology Letters, vol. 16, no. 6, pp. 754-763Contributions to Journals: Articles
Individual variation in dispersal associated with phenotype influences fine-scale genetic structure in weaselsConservation Genetics, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 499-509Contributions to Journals: Articles
A transcriptomic investigation of handicap models in sexual selectionBehavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, vol. 67, no. 2, pp. 221-234Contributions to Journals: Articles
Pronounced genetic structure and low genetic diversity in European red-billed chough (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax) populationsConservation Genetics, vol. 13, no. 5, pp. 1213-1230Contributions to Journals: Articles
Disease transmission in an extreme environment: nematode parasites infect reindeer during the Arctic winterInternational Journal for Parasitology, vol. 42, no. 8, pp. 789-795Contributions to Journals: Articles
Selection maintains MHC diversity through a natural population bottleneckMolecular Biology and Evolution, vol. 29, no. 7, pp. 1713-1720Contributions to Journals: Articles
Genetic variation among endangered Irish red grouse (Lagopus lagopus hibernicus) populations: implications for conservation and managementConservation Genetics, vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 639-647Contributions to Journals: Articles
Impacts of climate, host and landscape factors on Culicoides species in ScotlandMedical and Veterinary Entomology, vol. 26, no. 2, pp. 168-177Contributions to Journals: Articles
Environmental and genetic influences on body mass and resting metabolic rates (RMR) in a natural population of weasel Mustela nivalisMolecular Ecology, vol. 21, no. 5, pp. 1283-1293Contributions to Journals: Articles