RiusLab

We are broadly interested in the ecological and evolutionary mechanisms that determine species ranges and maintain populations within these ranges. Our research includes genetics, community ecology, biogeography, and conservation biology, with a special focus on marine ecosystems.

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Ocean and Earth Science
Waterfront Campus
University of Southampton

INSIGHTS INTO THE COMPLEXITY OF BIOLOGICAL INVASIONS THROUGH NEXT GENERATION SEQUENCING

This is an ‘Adventure in Research’ grant. The Annual Adventures in Research Scheme’s prime objective is to support newly-appointed junior members of the academic staff in the early stages of their career.

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OBJECTIVES
Use next-generation sequencing to genotype populations across native and introduced ranges
Survey thousands of loci throughout the species’ genomes to discern the demography of invasiveness
Identify loci with a pattern of non-neutral evolution indicative of selection
Reconstruct invasion routes using genomic data
PROJECT MEMBERS
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Marc Rius
Lecturer
Ocean and Earth Science, FNES
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Mark A Chapman
Lecturer
Centre for Biological Sciences, FNES
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Steven Bourne
PhD student
MSci Marine Biology, University of Southampton
Sampling sites (including both native and introduced ranges) of the studied species
Preliminary Results
Discriminant Analysis of Principal Components of the sampled sites based on 35,574 and 42,686 SNPs respectively.
CONTACT INFO

Ocean and Earth Science
Waterfront Campus
University of Southampton
National Oceanography Centre, Southampton

Adress:

European Way
Southampton SO14 3ZH
United Kingdom
Room Number: NOCS/456/16

Email:

M.Rius@soton.ac.uk