Dr Alex Douglas

Dr Alex Douglas


Dr Alex Douglas
Dr Alex Douglas

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Memberships and Affiliations



Current PhD students


Past PhD students

Research Funding and Grants

2016- 2019

Piezophillic adaptationin deep sea amphipods. NERC. £421K.

Professor Stu Piertney (UoA) and Dr Alex Douglas (UoA).


2015- 2018

The genomic landscape of adaptive radiation in the Jaera albifrons species complex . NERC. £340K.

Professor Stu Piertney (UoA) and Dr Alex Douglas (UoA).

2015- 2017

Gut health and immune function: the emerging role of gut microbiota in sustainable aquaculture. BBSRC-NERC, £212K.

Professor Sam Martin (UoA), Dr Alex Douglas (UoA), Dr Petra Lewis (UoA), Dr Daniel Merrifield (University of Plymouth),   Dr Rachel Lawrence (Royal Veterinary College), Professor Douglas Tocher (University of Stirling), Professor Simon Davies(University of Plymouth).

2015- 2016

The health black box in PCOD. Understanding the onset of health impacts caused by disturbances. ONR, £260K.

Dr David Lusseau (UoA), Dr Alex Douglas (UoA), Professor John Speakman (UoA and Chinese Academy of Sciences), Dr Dorian Houser (National Marine Mammal Foundation, USA), Dr Patricia Fair (USDOC/NOAA/NOS/NCCOS, USA), Mark Styczynski (Georgia Institute of Technolofy, USA).

2015- 2018

Explaining niche separation in tropical forests: feedbacks between root-fungal symbioses and soil phosphorus partitioning . NERC. £521K.

Professor David Burslem  (UoA), Professor David Johnson (UoA), Dr Andy Taylor (UoA), Dr Alex Douglas (UoA).

2013- 2016

Genome-wide association mapping and landscape scale modelling of heritable ionomic diversity in Arabidopsis thaliana populations. BBSRC. £605K

Professor David Salt (UoA), Dr Alex Douglas (UoA), Professor Pete Smith (UoA)

2013- 2016

The human fetal liver: development and response to maternal drug use. MRC, £600K,

Professor P. Fowler (UoA),  Dr Alex Douglas (UoA),  Dr David Hay (University of Edinburgh), Professor John Iredale (University of Edinburgh),  Professor P.O’shaughnessy (University of Glasgow).




Teaching Responsibilities

I currently co-ordinate and teach on the following undergraduate and postgraduate courses:



BI3010 'Statistical Analysis of Biological Data'

BI29Z3 'Biodiversity Field Course'


Postgraduate Taught

MSc BI5009 'Experimental Design and Analysis'

MSc BI5010 'Statistics for Complex Study designs'

MSc BI5505 'Introduction to Bayesian Inference'

MSc ZO5304 'Population and Community Ecology'


Postgraduate Research

PhD 'An Introduction to R'

PhD 'An Introduction to Statistical Modelling in R'



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