Scanning genomes to detect footprints of local adaptation in heterogenous environments

Oscar Gaggiotti, Professor of Biology, MASTS Research Chair, Scotland, University of St Andrews, UK
Friday, February 20, 2015 - 3:30pm to 4:20pm
BioMed B-103

Oscar Gaggiotti is Professor of Biology at the University of St Andrews (UK), where he holds a Chair from the Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland. He obtained his MSc in Ecology and his PhD in Ecology and Evolution from Rutgers University (US) under the direction of Prof. Peter Smouse. 

His research research focuses on the study of spatial patterns of genetic diversity to better understand the evolutionary and ecological processes responsible for their origin and maintenance. To this end he develops ecologically realistic population genetics theory and methods using the metapopulation paradigm and Bayesian statistics. 

He applies these methods to two research problems:

•Statistical inference of the demographic history and ecology of populations
•Study of local adaptation to understand the molecular bases of phenotypic variation