My interests are in the use of molecular ecology and population genetics in understanding how species adapt to novel environments, particularly in a conservation and management context. I am especially interested in the use of genome-wide signals generated by next generation sequencing applications.
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, RADSeq and RNASeq.
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
Qualifications and Awards
Linnean Society of London Nomination for The Bicentenary Medal (2015)
BSc Ecology and Conservation (Hons) University of Sussex (First Class)
John Maynard Smith Award for Ecology & Conservation (2012)
March 2016 FSBI Small Research Grant - £4900
March 2016 University of Exeter Postgraduate Research Enhancement Fund - £480
February 2016 Genetics Society Training Grant - £700
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 - University of Exeter BIO2081: Bahamas Coral Reef Field Trip
May 2016 Population Variation Genetics: Experimental Strategies and Analysis, The Genome Analysis Centre, Norwich, UK
February 2016 RAD-Sequencing analysis workshop, NTNU University Museum, Trondheim, Norway
January 2016 Workshop on Genomics 2016, Cesky Krumlov, CZ
October 2015 Advanced course in RADSeq analyses and data interpretation, Lund University, GENECO, Sweden
June 2015 Genotyping-by-sequencing, The Genome Analysis Centre, Norwich, UK
February 2015 Wellcome Trust Short Read Genomics Workshop, Exeter, Devon, UK
January 2015 Workshop on Genomics 2015, Cesky Krumlov, CZ
October 2014 Genotyping-by-sequencing, The Genome Analysis Centre, Norwich, UK
February 2014 NERC Population Genomics and Metagenomics Workshop, Devon, UK
March 2016 Presented at overseas lab meeting, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
February 2016 Invited talk at NTNU University Museum, Trondheim, Norway
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
July 2016 FSBI Symposium Fish, Genes & Genomes
January 2014 Workshop on Genomics, 2014 (evomics.org)
December 2013 GW4 Ecology and Conservation meeting
September 2013 iEOS 2013 conference (environmentalomics.org/ieos2013)
April 2013 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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