My main interest is in conservation genetics, in particular the use of methods in molecular ecology in order to clarify patterns of genetic diversity and population structure to aid conservation efforts. I am especially interested in the use of next generation sequencing applications as the field moves towards population genomics.
The aim of my PhD is to determine the genetic component of adaptation to metal pollutants in brown trout (Salmo trutta L.). I am using both molecular genetic techniques (microsatellites) and genomic approaches (restriction site associated DNA sequencing - RAD-Seq) to discover the patterns of metal tolerance observed in some populations of trout.
Paris JR, King RA, Stevens JR (2014) Human mining activity across the ages determines the genetic structure of modern brown trout (Salmo trutta L.) populations. Evolutionary Applications. Accepted.
BSc Ecology and Conservation (Hons) University of Sussex (First Class)
John Maynard Smith Award for Ecology & Conservation (2012)
November 2014 FSBI Small Research Grant - £1000
October 2014 TGAC Genotyping-by-sequencing workshop Grant Funded - €800
August 2014 University of Exeter Postgraduate Research Enhancement Fund - £500
November 2013 Genetics Society Junior Scientist Travel Grant - £750
April 2013 NoWPas 2013 - as a committee sourced £21,000
Workshops and Conferences
February 2015 Demonstrator - Wellcome Trust Short Read Genomics Workshop
January 2015 Teaching Assistant - Workshop on Genomics 2015, Cesky Krumlov (
October 2014 Teaching Assistant - TGAC Genotyping-by-sequencing course
February 2014 Lead demonstrator - NERC Population Genomics and Metagenomics Workshop (http://blogs.exeter.ac.uk/popworkshop/)
January 2014 Attendee - Workshop on Genomics, 2014 (www.evomics.org)
December 2013 Presentation - GW4 Ecology and Conservation meeting
September 2013 Poster presentation - iEOS 2013 conference (www.environmentalomics.org/ieos2013)
April 2013 Committee Member and presentation - NoWPaS 2013 (www.nowpas.eu)
Graduate Teaching Assistant for BIO2081: Bahamas Coral Reef Field Trip
Biosciences Athena Swan - Committee member
Early Career Research Network - Committee member
BYOB: Bring Your Own Bioinformatics - Committee member
I have used microsatellites to characterise the genetic diversity of two Polish populations of the natterjack toad (Bufo calamita), supervised by Professor Trevor Beebee. My results were consistent with previous studies, confirming that B. Calamita survived in an ice-age refugium in Iberia, from which the population dispersed in a leptokurtic fashion, spreading north and east during the last interstadial.
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