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Josephine Paris


Research interests

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.

Current research

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. 


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

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 (

January 2014 Attendee - Workshop on Genomics, 2014 (

December 2013 Presentation - GW4 Ecology and Conservation meeting

September 2013 Poster presentation - iEOS 2013 conference (

April 2013 Committee Member and presentation -  NoWPaS 2013 (

Other responsibilities

Graduate Teaching Assistant for BIO2081: Bahamas Coral Reef Field Trip

Biosciences Athena Swan - Committee member

Early Career Network - Committee member

BYOB: Bring Your Own Bioinformatics - Committee member

Previous work
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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