Chair in Molecular Ecology and Evolution, Dean for Postgraduate Research
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).
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Large effective population size masks population genetic structure in Hirondellea amphipods within the deepest marine ecosystem, the Mariana TrenchMolecular Ecology, vol. 32, no. 9, pp. 2206-2218Contributions to Journals: Articles
Plasticity is a locally adapted trait with consequences for ecological dynamics in novel environmentsEcology and Evolution, vol. 11, no. 16, pp. 10868-10879Contributions to Journals: Articles
Surviving winter on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau: Pikas suppress energy demands and exploit yak feces to survive winterProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 118, no. 30, e2100707118Contributions to Journals: Articles
Scavenging amphipods from the Wallaby-Zenith Fracture Zone: Extending the hadal paradigm beyond subduction trenchesMarine Biology, vol. 168, no. 1, 1Contributions to Journals: Articles
Extended Pelagic Life in a Bathybenthic OctopusFrontiers in Marine Science, vol. 7, 561125Contributions to Journals: Articles
Parasite-mediated selection in red grouse--consequences for population dynamics and mate choiceWildlife Disease Ecology: Linking Theory to Data and Application. Wilson, K., Fenton, A., Tompkins, D. (eds.), pp. 296-320Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
Microplastics and synthetic particles ingested by deep-sea amphipods in six of the deepest marine ecosystems on EarthRoyal Society Open Science, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 1-11Contributions to Journals: Articles
Author Correction: Signatures of balancing selection in toll-like receptor (TLRs) genes – novel insights from a free-living rodent (Scientific Reports, (2018), 8, 1, (8361), 10.1038/s41598-018-26672-2)Scientific Reports, vol. 9, 7394Contributions to Journals: Comments and Debates
Heat-shock protein adaptation in abyssal and hadal amphipodsDeep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, vol. 155, pp. 61-69Contributions to Journals: Articles
Microbiome composition within a sympatric species complex of intertidal isopods (Jaera albifrons)PloS ONE, vol. 13, no. 8, e0202212Contributions to Journals: Articles