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 Human mining activity across the ages determines the genetic structure of modern brown trout (Salmo trutta L.) populations. Submitted.
BSc Ecology and Conservation (Hons) University of Sussex (First Class)
John Maynard Smith Award for Ecology & Conservation (2012)
November 2013 Genetics Society Junior Scientist Travel Grant - £750
August 2014 University of Exeter Postgraduate Research Enhancement Fund - £500
Workshops and Conferences
April 2013 Committee Member and presentation at NoWPaS 2013 (www.nowpas.eu)
September 2013 Poster presentation at iEOS 2013 conference (www.environmentalomics.org/ieos2013/)
December 2013 Presentation at GW4 Ecology and Conservation meeting
January 2014 Attendee at Workshop on Genomics, 2014 (www.evomics.org)
February 2014 Lead demonstrator at NERC Population Genomics and Metagenomics Workshop
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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