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My research concerns genetic diversity, gene flow and adaptation in plants. Working with UK and international partners, I study how genetic variation is organised in populations and how this diversity arises from population history and adaptation. I use a combination of molecular and quantitative genetic approaches to identify the demographic and evolutionary factors that shape genetic diversity, and to assess genetic resources for conservation and use.
Qualifications: PhD, University of Edinburgh (2002); MSc Ecology, University of Wales, Bangor (1998); BSc Chemistry, University of Edinburgh (1994).
Current Research Projects
PROTREE - Promoting resilience of UK tree species to novel pests and pathogens: ecological and evolutionary solutions. A collaborative research project from the Living With Environmental Change programme and part of the Tree Health and Plant Biosecurity Initiative.
GAP - Genomics of Adaptation in Pines. A NERC discovery science grant focussed on the genetic basis of adaptation in Scots pine and its close relatives to environmental variation across their ranges.
MaPFGR - Forest Genetic Resources of Marginal and Peripheral tree populations. An EU COST action to promote collaboration in research on the genetic resources of unique and threatened range edge populations of European forest trees.
Largescale - An international research project, funded by the German government, to develop a DNA-based system for species identification and origin tracking of tropical timber.
EVOLTREE - A research network combining Ecology, Genetics, Genomics and Evolution, to address global issues that European forests are currently facing, such as environmental changes and the erosion of biodiversity. Includes 32 research groups in 23 European countries.
Annika Perry (funded by Forest Research, CEH) The genetic basis of disease resistance of Scots pine to Dothistroma needle blight, University of Edinburgh.
Richard Whittet (Forestry Commission GB & Scotland, ClimateXchange) Native tree species: assessing genetic adaptation and adaptability to climate change, University of Edinburgh.
Tracie Evans (NERC) How do landscapes affect plant – pollinator interactions and plant mating systems?, University of Edinburgh.
Cristina Rosique (Forestry Commission) Can native woodlands evolve to cope with climate change? Measuring adaptive potential in Silver Birch, Ash and Rowan., University of Edinburgh.
Patricia Diaz (Scottish Forestry Trust) How environment and gene flow shape adaptation in Scots pine, University of Stirling.