Email: J.R.Paris@exeter.ac.uk Twitter: @josephine_paris
My 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 and management efforts. I am especially interested in the use of next generation sequencing applications as the field moves towards population genomics.
Many rivers in southwest England have high levels of toxic metals due to a long history of mining in the region. Metal naïve fish do not fare well in such waters and yet many of rivers harbour apparently healthy and numerous populations of brown trout (Salmo trutta L.). I am undertaking genetic analyses to uncover the adaptive traits associated with the metal tolerance ecotype, using microsatellites and RADSeq.
Paris JR, King RA, Stevens JR (2015) Human mining activity across the ages determines the genetic structure of modern brown trout (Salmo trutta L.) populations. Evolutionary Applications. 8(6):573-585.
Media & Press
'Pollution Spurs Rapid Adaptation in Trout' 4th August 2015, Scientific American
'Fish genetically mutated by Cornish mining' 17th May 2015, ITV.com; ITV News West Country
Interview with BBC Radio Cornwall, 19th May 2015
'The effects of metal pollution on fish' 11th November 2014, NERC Planet Earth Podcast
BSc Ecology and Conservation (Hons) University of Sussex (First Class)
John Maynard Smith Award for Ecology & Conservation (2012)
January 2016 Santander Postgraduate Research Award - £500
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
2012-2016 Graduate Teaching Assistant - BIO2081: Bahamas Coral Reef Field Trip
January 2016 Teaching Assistant - Workshop on Genomics 2016, Cesky Krumlov (evomics.org)
October 2015 Teaching Assistant - Advanced course in RADSeq analyses and data interpretation, Lund University, GENECO
June 2015 Teaching Assistant - TGAC Genotyping-by-sequencing course (tgac.ac.uk)
February 2015 Demonstrator - Wellcome Trust Short Read Genomics Workshop
January 2015 Teaching Assistant - Workshop on Genomics 2015, Cesky Krumlov (evomics.org)
October 2014 Teaching Assistant - TGAC Genotyping-by-sequencing course
February 2014 Lead demonstrator - NERC Population Genomics and Metagenomics Workshop (blogs.exeter.ac.uk/popworkshop/)
February 2016 Invited internal seminar at Sheffield University EEE Theme - "Brown trout and heavy metals: the genetic basis of adaptation to Britain's mining history"
October 2015 Invited lecture at 'Advanced course in RADSeq analyses and data interpretation', Lund University, GENECO
June 2015 Invited speaker at TGAC Genotyping-by-sequencing course - "RADSeq: Identifying the genetic effects of metal toxicity in brown trout populations"
Workshops and Conferences
January 2014 Attendee - Workshop on Genomics, 2014 (evomics.org)
December 2013 Presentation - GW4 Ecology and Conservation meeting
September 2013 Poster presentation - iEOS 2013 conference (environmentalomics.org/ieos2013)
April 2013 Committee Member and presentation - NoWPaS 2013 (nowpas.eu)
Biosciences Athena Swan - Committee member
Early Career Research Network - Committee member
BYOB: Bring Your Own Bioinformatics - Committee member
I 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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