Professor Sofia Consuegra del Olmo

Professor
Biosciences
Telephone: (01792) 602931
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Areas of Expertise

  • Evolutionary Ecology
  • Conservation Genetics
  • Molecular Ecology
  • Aquatic Invasive Species
  • Evolution of mating systems
  • Fisheries and aquaculture
  • Food security

Publications

  1. & Epigenetic regulation of sex ratios may explain natural variation in self-fertilization rates. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 282(1819), 20151900-20151900.
  2. & Patterns of natural selection acting on the mitochondrial genome of a locally adapted fish species. Genetics Selection Evolution 47(1)
  3. & Genetic signatures of historical dispersal of fish threatened by biological invasions: the case of galaxiids in South America. Journal of Biogeography 42(10), 1942-1952.
  4. & Contrasting patterns of genetic and phenotypic differentiation in two invasive salmonids in the southern hemisphere. Evolutionary Applications 7(8), 921-936.
  5. & Eco-immunology of fish invasions: the role of MHC variation. Immunogenetics 66(6), 393-402.

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Teaching

  • BIO235 Molecular Ecology

    Molecular ecology is an emerging field that takes advantage of the latest advances in molecular genetics to answer a varied range of theoretical and practical questions in ecology including conservation genetics, behavioural ecology, phylogeography, adaptation, hybridization and speciation. Through a combination of theoretical lectures, laboratory practicals and class discussions we will consider the application of a range of molecular and statistical tools to problems such as species conservation, biological invasions, wildlife forensics or fisheries.

  • BIOM37B Conservation of Aquatic Resources

    The module will identify major issues in the conservation of aquatic organisms and develop the knowledge base of students in aquatic conservation, including those related to captive breeding programmes and the potential effects of climate change and other stressors. Some of the lectures/seminars are given by invited experts in the field. The module is assessed by a combination of continuous assessment (50%) and written examination (50%).

  • BIOM51 MRes Literature Reviews (Biosciences)

    Students in this course will learn to (1) identify scientific papers of relevance to their program of study using literature databases, (2) appraise the results of primary research and effectively extract and summarise scientific information, and (3) present the results of a literature search in a clear and logical manner within a correctly structured review format Assessment for this module is 100% through continuous assessment. This module requires the submission of two pieces of work of appropriate standard and according to the format of a peer-review publication. The topic of the first review will be given by the instructor and will be submitted before the end of term 1 (worth 40% of the mark), while the second term review (topic chosen by the student) will be submitted at the end of the term (worth 60% of the mark). There are no examinations for this module

Supervision

  • Introduction and dispersal of aquaculture-related invasive species under climate change (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Emily Shepard
    Other supervisor: Professor Carlos Garcia De Leaniz
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Emily Shepard
    Other supervisor: Professor Carlos Garcia De Leaniz
  • Optimisation of lumpfish as a source of biological control of sea lice in Salmon farms (current)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Professor Carlos Garcia De Leaniz
    Other supervisor: Dr Adam Powell
  • Pathways of Introduction and Spread of Invasive Alien Species (AIS) in freshwater ecosystems. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Professor Carlos Garcia De Leaniz
    Other supervisor: Dr Emily Shepard
  • Impact of aquatic invasive species (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Professor Carlos Garcia De Leaniz
    Other supervisor: Professor Dan Eastwood
  • Early detection of Invasive Species using environmental DNA metabarcoding. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Cynthia Froyd
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Cynthia Froyd
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Professor Carlos Garcia De Leaniz
  • The role of epigenetics versus genetic diversity on disease resistance and social behaviour in self-fertilising fish species. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Professor Dan Eastwood
    Other supervisor: Professor Carlos Garcia De Leaniz
  • 'Maternal effects and phenotypic mismatch in hatchery-reared Atlantic Salmon' (awarded 2015)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Professor Carlos Garcia De Leaniz

Students from other universities

Kate Ciborowski "Patterns of genetic variability during the decline of Iberian Atlantic salmon populations”, completed 2007

  • Principal supervisor: Bill Jordan
  • Second supervisors: Sofia Consuegra, Carlos Garcia d Leaniz


Delphine Vanhaecke “Landscape genetics of salmonid invasions in the southern hemisphere”, completed 2012

  • Principal superviror: Sofia Consuegra
  • Second supervisors: Carlos Garcia de Leaniz, Chris Thomas


Amy Ellison “The role of parasites on the evolution of mixed mating in fish” completed 2012

  • Principal supervisor: Sofia Consuegra
  • Second supervisor: Mike Wilkinson