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School of Biological and Behavioural Sciences

Dr James Gilbert


Postdoctoral Research Associate

Telephone: 0207 882 3311
Room Number: Fogg 6.18


Research Interests:

I am working on projects that use bioinformatic approaches and genomic data to investigate the pathways involved in local adaptation and phenotypic plasticity, particularly with respect to environmental temperature. Using genetic and epigenetic data from loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta) nesting on different islands of the Cabo Verde archipelago, we aim to identify molecular adaptations to each island’s unique thermal regime. We are also looking for evidence of plasticity in response to nest temperature in genomic data from hatchlings. Understanding the adaptive potential of the population will improve assessments of its vulnerability to climate change, and we hope that the dissemination of the findings will be used to support conservation efforts in loggerhead turtles and beyond.



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