Evolutionary Analysis

Evolutionary Analysis

Our research seeks to identify and analyse genetic and phenotypic variability underlying biodiversity at all taxonomic levels, from viruses to vertebrates. Taking full advantage of rapid technological advances in genetic sequencing and computation, our research addresses a broad range of fundamental and applied evolutionary problems.

Specific areas of interest include the basis of adaptation to changing biotic and abiotic environments, the process and underlying mechanisms of speciation, the role of mating systems, host-parasite interactions, and the linkage among ecological and evolutionary processes. Frequently, this work requires the integration of genetic information with other types of data (e.g. phenotypic, geographic, demographic); developing novel bioinformatic tools and approaches to achieve this integration therefore represents another research focus.

Due to evolutionary principles being fundamental to all aspects of biology, our research activities are naturally linked with those of other research themes within the Institute and throughout the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, with particular ties to the Glasgow Polyomics Facility, the Scottish Centre for Ecology and the Natural Environment (SCENE), and the Centre for Virus Research.

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Full listing of staff in this research theme

Colin Adams

Professor Colin Adams

Professor of Freshwater Ecology (Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine)

Research interests: Fresh water ecosystems and particularly on behavioural ecology of fish; Development of a sustained aquaculture for Arctic Charr; Behavioural approaches to improved production and welfare of farmed Salmon; The effects of noise on fish distribution

Roman Biek

Dr Roman Biek

Reader (Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine)

Research interests: Molecular ecology and evolution. Infectious disease dynamics in wild and domestic animal populations, with a focus on viral and bacterial pathogens.

Paul Capewell

Dr Paul Capewell

Research Associate (Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine)

Research interests: My primary research interests lie in parasitic/host interactions and the complex co-evolution that occurs as a result. My main research focus to date has been the ongoing evolutionary arms race between parasitic trypanosomes and their hosts (both mammalian and insect).

Professor Roger Downie

Honorary Senior Lecturer (Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine)

Kathryn Elmer

Dr Kathryn Elmer

Senior Lecturer (Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine)

Research interests: Understanding how new species arise, particularly the role and influence of evolutionary, genomic, ecological, and environmental factors.

Katie Hampson

Dr Katie Hampson

Reader (Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine)

Research interests: I am interested in the ecology of infectious diseases, particularly rabies, with the aim understanding infection dynamics across spatial scales and the impacts of control efforts. I use a combination of detailed field investigations, vaccination interventions and modelling.

Professor Mike Hansell

Honorary Senior Research Fellow (Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine)

Daniel Haydon

Professor Daniel Haydon

Director of Institute/Professor of Population Ecology and Epidemiology (Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine)

Research interests: Mathematical modelling of ecological and epidemiological processes; infectious disease ecology; design of vaccination programs; within-host pathogen dynamics; viral population genomics; antimicrobial resistance; statistical ecology; animal movement and spatial ecology; lichens.

Nicholas Jonsson

Professor Nicholas Jonsson

Professor of Animal Production and Public Health (Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine)

Research interests: Livestock and wildlife management, especially: genetics of metabolism in ruminant species (livestock & wildlife); systems biology approaches to wildlife-livestock-pathogen-environment interactions; genetics of drug resistance in ticks; immunogenetics of host-parasite interactions

Malcolm Kennedy

Professor Malcolm Kennedy

Professor of Natural History (Life Sciences Animal Biology)

Research interests: Structure and function of unusual lipid binding proteins of free-living and parasitic nematodes; Allergen proteins; The evolution of viviparity in mammals; The molecular biology and biochemistry of frog nest foams.

Shaun Killen

Dr Shaun Killen

Senior Research Fellow (Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine)

Research interests: Physiology and behavioural ecology of marine and freshwater fishes, especially how energetic demand influences life-histories and trade-offs involved with foraging and predator-avoidance behaviours; interactions between individual physiology and group behaviours in fish.

Jan Lindstrom

Dr Jan Lindstrom

Senior Lecturer (Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine)

Research interests: Evolutionary ecology, particularly life-history evolution, resource allocation, sexual selection and community ecology, and the application of these frameworks in resistance evolution and evolutionary and comparative medicine in general.

Barbara Mable

Professor Barbara Mable

Professor of Evolutionary Genetics (Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine)

Research interests: Evolutionary and conservation genetics; gene family evolution; polyploidy; mating systems; host-parasite-vector interactions; resistance gene evolution; plants, amphibians, fish, mammals, tsetse flies, snails, nematodes, trypanosomes, schistosomes, fungi, oomycetes, bacteria.

Annette MacLeod

Dr Annette MacLeod

Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow (Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine)

Research interests: The interaction between parasites, African trypanosomes, and their hosts, bridging the gap between field based population studies, genomics, and lab-based molecular biology, with a long-term view to exploiting these interactions to combat disease.

Pat Monaghan

Professor Pat Monaghan

Regius Chair of Zoology (Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine)

Research interests: Life-history strategies and effects of early conditions on phenotypic development and on deterioration in later life; long and short term resource allocation trade-offs; mainly birds, with related work on other taxa, including fish and amphibia.

Ruedi Nager

Dr Ruedi Nager

Senior Lecturer (Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine)

Research interests: My research interests focus on how organisms cope with the environment in which they live. The current work centres on marine (seabirds) and oak forest habitats (blue tits) as well as the environment animals encounter in captivity.

Douglas Neil

Professor Douglas Neil

Honorary Senior Research Fellow (Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine)

Research interests: Nerve-Muscle Interactions in Crustaceans. Attack and Escape Strategies in Aquatic Predator-Prey Interactions. Multimedia Resources for Teaching Biodiversity.

Roderic Page

Professor Roderic Page

Professor of Taxonomy (Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine)

Research interests: Phyloinformatics, biodiversity informatics, biological data visualisation.

Kevin Parsons

Dr Kevin Parsons

Senior Lecturer (Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine)

Research interests: Genetic and developmental basis of craniofacial shape in fish; role of divergent natural selection for determining phenotypes; integration and modularity; phenotypic plasticity

Richard Reeve

Dr Richard Reeve

Reader (Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine)

Research interests: Developing the connections between different fields that use measures of diversity, from the level of the transcript to the ecosystem; use of mathematical, computational and statistical tools on underexploited biological datasets, particularly those of pathogens and vaccines.

Dr Liliana Salvador

Affiliate (Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine)

Research interests: Infectious diseases dynamics, movement ecology, evolutionary biology.