Dr Martin Genner
School of Biological Sciences
University of Bristol
Life Sciences Building
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July 2017. Christophe Hahn's paper highlighting genomic regions undergoing divergent selection in Lake Malawi's "twilight zone" cichlids accepted in Evolution Letters (http://www.biorxiv.org/content/early/2017/01/25/102830)
July 2017. Paul Parsons' paper on life history evolution in the Lake Malawi cichlid Astatotilapia calliptera out soon in Ecology and Evolution.
February 2017. A successful application to the Newton fund means we are looking forward to hosting a workshop on Sustainable Development of Aquatic Resources in Mexico later this year.
October 2016. It's been great to let people know about about our research on marine environmental DNA. A full week at the NERC "Into the Blue" event (under Concorde at the Runway Park, Manchester).
October 2016. Congratulation to Steph Bradbeer on passing her Masters Viva, and securing a PhD place studying invasive species in Leeds. Well done Steph!
September 2016. Not all of the Lake Malawi endemics have radiated within the lake basin, see our paper "Multiple colonisations of the Lake Malawi catchment by the genus Opsaridium (Teleostei: Cyprinidae)" in Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution.
September 2016. Welcome to Tabitha Richmond, new MRes student studying tilapia in Tanzania.
June 2016. The coral triangle as a source or sink of diversity? See our new paper in Biology Letters. http://rsbl.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/12/6/20160090
March 2016. Welcome to Rupert Collins (PDRA on our SeaDNA projext) and Jack Harrington (Tech support on tilapia research).
December 2015. Congratulations to Dr Harold Sungani on passing his PhD viva. He has been working on the evolution and ecology of Malawi river fishes, particularly cyprinids of the genus Opsaridium.
December 2015. Our paper "Genomic islands of speciation separate cichlid ecomorphs in an East African crater lake" will be in Science on the 18th December. Great work by Milan and the team.
October 2015. A new £1M project is funded by NERC. SeaDNA - Assessing marine biodiversity and structure using environmental DNA: from groundtruthing to food web structure and stability. Looking forward to getting the project rolling with our partners in Salford, British Antarctic Survey, Marine Biological Association and Imperial College.
May 2015. A new paper will soon be out in Biology Letters, identifying a likely sister species to the magnificent Lake Malawi cichlid radiation. Tanzania is an amazing place for cichlid diversity!
March 2015. Our paper projecting the effects of warming seas on the distributions of North Sea fish is finally accepted by Nature Climate Change. Well done Louise, Steve and the team.
February 2015. A new project is funded under the BBSRC-NERC Sustainable Aquaculture call. "Genomic approaches to identification and preservation of wild tilapia genetic resources for aquaculture", with George Turner in Bangor (PI) and Federica DiPalma from TGAC.
February 2015. Well done to Alan Hudson on a successful Marie Curie Fellowship application. He will be joining us in April to work on
the role of epigenetics in speciation and adaptive radiation, focussing on the cichlid fishes of Lake Massoko in Tanzania.
Nov 2014. Congratulations to Dr Paul Parsons - passed his PhD viva. He has done some excellent work on ecology and life history evolution of the "prototype" Lake Malawi cichlid Astatotilapia calliptera.
Genner, M.J., Ngatunga, B.P. Mzighani, S., Smith, A., Turner, G.F. (2015) Geographical ancestry of Lake Malawi’s cichlid fish diversity. Biology Letters 11: Article#20150232.
Sungani, H. & Genner, M.J. (2015) Microsatellite markers from 454-sequencing of the threatened Lake Malawi endemic mpasa Opsaridium microlepis. Conservation Genetic Resources In press.
Rutterford L.A., Simpson, S.D., Jennings S., Johnson, M.P. Blanchard, J.L., Schön, P-J. Sims D.W. Tinker J. & Genner, M.J. (2015) Future fish distributions constrained by depth in warming seas. Nature Climate Change. In press.
Genner, M.J., Turner, G.F., Smith, A., Mzighani, S., Ngatunga, B.P. (2015) Presence of the cyprinid fish Acapoeta tanganicae within the Lake Rukwa catchment supports historic riverine connectivity with Lake Tanganyika. Acta Ichthyologica et Piscatoria. In press.
Nichols, P., Genner, M.J., Van Oosterhout, C., Smith, A., Swanstrom, J., Parsons, P., Sungani, H. & Joyce, D.A. (2015) Secondary contact seeds phenotypic novelty in cichlid fishes. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B. 282, Article#20142272.
Montera-Serra, I., Edwards, M. & Genner, M.J. (2015) Warming shelf seas drive the tropicalization of European pelagic fish communities. Global Change Biology 21: 144-153.
Genner, M.J. & Turner, G.F. (2015) Age of populations in the Lake Malawi cichlid radiation. Hydrobiologia 748: 121-132.
Winkelmann K, Genner, M.J., Takahashi, T. and Rüber, L. (2014) Competition-driven speciation in cichlid fish. Nature Communications 5,3.
Genner, M. J., Connell, E., Shechonge, A., Smith, A., Swanstrom, J., Mzighani, S., Ngatunga, B. & Turner, G. F. (2013). Nile tilapia invades the Lake Malawi catchment. African Journal of Aquatic Science, 38(sup1), 85-90.
Genner MJ & Turner GF (2012) Ancient hybridization and phenotypic novelty within Lake Malawi’s cichlid fish radiation. Molecular Biology & Evolution 29, 195-206.
Genner MJ, McHugh M, Hillman R & Lucas, M.C. (2012) Contrasting demographic histories of European and North American sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus) populations inferred from mitochondrial DNA sequence variation. Marine and Freshwater Research 63, 827-833.
Jolly MT, Aprahamian MW, Hillman R, Maitland PS, Piper R. Henderson PA, Hawkins SJ & Genner MJ (2012) Population genetic structure of protected allis shad (Alosa alosa) and twaite shad (Alosa fallax). Marine Biology 159, 675-687.
Simpson SD, Jennings S, Johnson MP, Blanchard JL, Schön PJ, Sims DW, Genner MJ (2011) Continental shelf-wide response of a fish assemblage to rapid warming of the sea. Current Biology 21, 1565-1570.
Joyce DA, Lunt DH, Genner MJ, Turner GF, Bills R, Seehausen O (2011) Repeated colonization and hybridization characterize the Lake Malawi cichlid fish species flock, Current Biology, 21, R108-R109.
Jolly MT, Maitland PS, Genner MJ (2011) Genetic monitoring of two decades of hybridization between allis shad (Alosa alosa) and twaite shad (Alosa fallax). Conservation Genetics 12, 1087-1100.
Young KA, Genner MJ, Haesler MP, Joyce DA (2010) Sequential female choice drives complex sexual selection on bower shape in a cichlid fish. Evolution 64, 2246–2253.
Griffiths AM, Sims DW, Cotterell SP, El Nagar A, Ellis JR, Lynghammar A, McHugh M, Neat FC, Pade N, Pereira BS, Rapp T, Wearmouth VJ, Genner MJ (2010) Molecular markers reveal spatially-segregated cryptic species in a critically endangered fish, the common skate (Dipturus batis). Proceedings Royal Society London B. 277, 1497-1503.
Genner MJ, Sims DW, Southward AJ, Budd GC, Masterson P, McHugh M, Rendle P, Southall EJ, Wearmouth VJ, Hawkins SJ (2010) Body size-dependent responses of a marine fish assemblage to climate change and fishing over a century-long scale. Global Change Biology 16, 517-527
Genner MJ, Knight ME, Haesler MP, Turner GF (2010) Establishment and expansion of Lake Malawi rock fish populations after a dramatic Late Pleistocene lake level rise. Molecular Ecology 19, 170-182.