Dr Catherine Jones

Dr Catherine Jones
Dr Catherine Jones

Dr Catherine Jones

Senior Lecturer

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Latest Publications

  • Population and seascape genomics of a critically endangered benthic elasmobranch, the blue skate Dipturus batis

    Delaval, A., Frost, M., Bendall, V., Hetherington, S. J., Stirling, D., Hoarau, G., Jones, C. S., Noble, L. R.
    Evolutionary Applications
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Flame Shell Beds: A Protected Keystone Biogenic Bivalve Habitat

    Sloan, D., Jones, C. S., Noble, L., Rabe, B.
    Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences. Elsevier, 7 pages
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
  • Abundance and Spatial Distribution of Brown Crab (Cancer pagurus) from Fishery-Independent Dredge and Trawl surveys in the North Sea

    Mesquita, C., Dobby, H., Pierce, G. J., Jones, C. S., Fernandes, P. G.
    ICES Journal of Marine Science, vol. 78, no. 2, pp. 597-610
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • The critically endangered flapper skate (Dipturus intermedius): Recommendations from the first flapper skate working group meeting

    Garbett, A., Phillips, N. D., Houghton, J. D., Prodöhl, P., Thorburn, J., Loca, S. L., Eagling, L. E., Hannon, G., Wise, D., Pothanikat, L., Gordon, C., Clarke, M., Williams, P., Hunter, R., McShane, R., Brader, A., Dodd, J., McGonigle, C., McIlvenny, H., Daly, O., Surgenor, R., Varian, S., Verhoog, P., Van Zonneveld, G., Burke, L. R., Davies, I., Souster, T. A., Mayo, P. A., Schwanck, T. N., Jones, C. S., Collins, P. C.
    Marine Policy, vol. 124, 104367
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Endangered Coastal Elasmobranchs of the North-East Atlantic

    Delaval, A., Wagner, C. I., Schwanck, T., Wood, F. R., Jones, C. S., Hoarau, G., Noble, L. R.
    Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences. Elsevier, 10 pages
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

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Research

Research Overview

My research focuses on the application of molecular genetics and genomics to the ecology and conservation of endangered species. As molecular ecologists we use molecular data in elusive marine species to assist conservation management questions, particularly in top predators, the elasmobranchs. Yet the biology of long-lived and enigmatic ‘flagship’ species such as the Great white, basking shark and Flapper skate are surprisingly poorly understood. We seek to comprehend how genetic diversity evolves in these small, highly vagile populations, the role that local adaptation plays and its consequence for conservation biology and management, along with the impacts of renewable energy facilities. We utilize methods such as DNA profiling (genetic tagging) through to next generation sequencing, integrating these data with seascape analyses (GIS) in an effort to provide comprehensive information for biodiversity management and conservation, such as implementation of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). 

Additionally I seek to understand the invasive nature of several Arionid slugs, vectors of many plant diseases, which is of fundamental importance for national and international crop security. Similarly understanding the evolution of host-parasite interactions in several aquatic systems (including the medically important freshwater snail intermediate host of trematodes, Biomphalaria glabrata and the ectoparasitism in commercially important Atlantic salmon by sealice or the monogenean, Gyrodactylus salaris) is of fundamental importance.  

 

Funding and Grants

2020-2023. Sea Our Seas Foundation (SOSF) Biennial Keystone grant award: ‘Genetic monitoring tool for North-East Atlantic Elasmobranchs to assist conservation and management’.  https://saveourseas.com/project/a-genetic-tool-to-help-monitor-sharks-and-skates-in-the-north-east-atlantic/

2018-2022. Nature.Scotland: ‘Assessing MPA efficacy and adaptive management of the common skate’. (with Peter Wright, Marine Scotland & David Donnan Nature.Scot)

2017-2019. Scottish Universities Life Sciences Alliance (SULSA) EU Partnership Building (PEER) co-PI, ‘International Marine Connectivity Network’, PI Oscar Gaggiotti (St. Andrews).

2016-2018. NERC Biomolecular Analysis Facility (NBAF) NBAF965 – ‘Genetic structure and connectivity in the endangered yet potentially commercially valuable North Atlantic porbeagle shark: informing conservation and towards sustainable fisheries management.’

2013-2017 Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH). Title: ‘Genetic monitoring of the basking shark, Cetorhinus maximus in Scottish waters to address environmental impacts; effective population size, population connectivity and group kinship’; Co PI with Les Noble (Aberdeen).

2015-2016: NBAF942 NERC funding. Access to NERC Biomolecular Analysis Facility (NBAF) Steering Committee at for NBAF Sheffield (NBAF-S) for microsatellite isolation and genotyping. Title: Genetic monitoring to assess the potential for anthropogenic impacts in the endangered common skate in the north east Atlantic: genetic diversity, connectivity and effective population size. 

2014-2016 NBAF765 NERC funding. Access to Biomolecular Analysis Facility (NBAF) Sheffield. Title:  ‘Stock structure, residency and kinship of white shark aggregations along the South African coast.’  Access to NBAF-S to develop and apply a SNP array based on RAD-tag markers to investigate kinship in white sharks from south Africa. 

2011-2014 Save Our Seas Foundation (SOSF). Title: ‘Mediterranean Great white sharks a cause for concern?: an endangered anomalous population’. CoPI with Les Noble (Aberdeen)

2013-2014: NBAF723 NERC funding. Access to NERC Biomolecular Analysis Facility (NBAF) Steering Committee at for NBAFSheffield (NBAF-S) for microsatellite isolation and genotyping. Title: Population structure, kinship and the demographic history of the basking shark,Cetorhinus maximus.  

2014-2015 NBAF764 NERC funding. Access to Biomolecular Analysis Facility (NBAF) Sheffield.Title: ‘Baseline data for assessing environmental impacts on basking sharks in Scottish waters: effective population size, connectivity and group kinship. Access to NBAF-S to develop and apply a SNP array based on RAD-tag markers to develop baseline properties of genetic variation in Scottish populations of Cetorhinus sharks. 

2014-2015 NBAF764 NERC funding. Access to Biomolecular Analysis Facility (NBAF) Sheffield. Title: ‘Baseline data for assessing environmental impacts on basking sharks in Scottish waters: effective population size, connectivity and group kinship. Access to NBAF-S to develop and apply a SNP array based on RAD-tag markers to develop baseline properties of genetic variation in Scottish populations of Cetorhinus sharks. 

2009-2013 NC3Rs (The National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research) joint with BBSRC. Title: ‘The Snail Assay as an Alternative to the Rodent Hershberger Assay for Detecting Androgens and Anti-androgens’.  CoPIs with Sue Jobling (PI; Brunel), Ed Routledge (Brunel), and Les Noble (Aberdeen)

2003-2009 Wellcome Trust; 'Biomphalaria glabrata: gene discovery, expression profiling and interval mapping to elucidate mechanisms of resistance to Schistosoma mansoni'. Principal Investigator.  (with Les Noble, Aberdeen)

2005-2007 Royal Society of Edinburgh Research Sabbatical Fellowship to CSJ, University of Aberdeen, UK, ‘Identification of genes influencing Gyrodactylus salaris ectoparasite resistance in Atlantic salmon’.

2004-2006 DEFRA; 'Conservation genetics of basking sharks'. Principal Investigator.(With Les Noble, Aberdeen)

2001-2004 MAFF. Immune Gene Expression during PKD infection. (With Chris Secombes & Les Noble, Aberdeen)

2001-2004 EU Aberdeen University as Coordinators. (SALMOGYRO) The genetic basis of Gryrodactylus salaris Resistance in Altantic salmon (Salmo salar). (With Les Noble).

1997-2002 BBSRC Advanced Fellowship to CSJ. Molecular genetic analysis and evolution of parasite resistance.

1999-2003 NERC Link Aquaculture / Scottish Salmon Growers/ Marine Harvest Scotland Identification of disease resistance genes and markers in Atlantic salmon differing in their susceptibility to sealice infection. (With Les Noble & Chris Secombes, Aberdeen)

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