Professor Sofia Consuegra del Olmo

Professor
Biosciences
Telephone: (01792) 602931
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Room: Academic Office - 140
First Floor
Wallace Building
Singleton Campus

Areas of Expertise

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

Publications

  1. & Immune-related transcriptional responses to parasitic infection in a naturally inbred fish: roles of genotype and individual variation. Genome Biology and Evolution
  2. et. al. A microsatellite baseline for genetic stock identification of European Atlantic salmon.. ICES Journal of Marine Science
  3. & Temporal and spatial instability in neutral and adaptive (MHC) genetic variation in marginal salmon populations. Scientific Reports 7, 42416
  4. et. al. Developing innovative methods to face aquatic invasions in Europe: the Aquainvad-ED project. Management of Biological Invasions 8(3), 403-408.
  5. & Novel class II alpha MHC variability in a small peripheral Atlantic salmon population. Animal Genetics

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Teaching

  • BIO108 Molecular and Evolutionary Biology

    ¿Nothing in Biology makes sense except in the light of evolution¿ was the title of a 1973 essay by the evolutionary biologist Theodosius Dobzhansky. The module links fundamental understanding of molecular processes in the cell to principles of genetics and inheritance to a broader appreciation of evolution and how it shapes the natural world around us.

  • 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. Lectures include a basic introduction to the field of Molecular Ecology and its connections to Conservation Biology and Population Genetics. This will be followed by lectures on population diversity focused on: molecular markers and genetic variation in natural populations, phylogeography and barcoding, population structuring and differentiation, mating systems, behavioural ecology and inbreeding. A more applied part of the programme will include lectures on microbial ecology, forensic science and conservation applications. Two practical lectures will cover the use of barcoding for species identification, including DNA extraction, amplification and sequencing (laboratory based) and the identification of there sequences using databases such as Genbank (computer based).

  • 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%).

Supervision

  • The genetic basis of disease resistance in wild and farmed fish populations under the pressures of inbreeding (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Emily Shepard
    Other supervisor: Prof Carlos Garcia De Leaniz
  • Novel methods for early detection and monitoring of target Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) (current)

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

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Prof Carlos Garcia De Leaniz
  • Determinants of population and individual variation in swimming performance of weak swimmers (current)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Prof Carlos Garcia De Leaniz
  • 'Purple moor grass (Molinia caerulea) dominance over time in a ‘degraded’ Welsh peatland' (current)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Dr Cynthia Froyd
  • 'Optimising egg incubation and larval rearing in lumpfish (Cyclopterus lumpus) aquaculture' (current)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Prof Carlos Garcia De Leaniz
  • Brown trout in the Falkland Islands: Invasion ecology, population structure and genetic diversity (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Carlos Garcia De Leaniz
  • Pathways of Introduction and Spread of Invasive Alien Species (AIS) in freshwater ecosystems. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Emily Shepard
    Other supervisor: Prof Carlos Garcia De Leaniz
  • Detecting forest insect and disease outbreaks within the palaeoecological record (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Cynthia Froyd
  • Adaptive responses of sea bass to environmental change (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Carlos Garcia De Leaniz
  • Impact of aquatic invasive species (current)

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

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Cynthia Froyd
    Other supervisor: Prof Carlos Garcia De Leaniz
  • The role of epigenetics and genetics variation on the ecology and evolution of the mangrove killifishes (Kryptolebias spp.) (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Carlos Garcia De Leaniz
    Other supervisor: Prof Dan Eastwood
  • Sustainable use of Lumpfish for Sea-Lice Control in Salmon Farming (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Carlos Garcia De Leaniz
  • 'Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)-based analyses of Nucleospora cyclopteri infection in farmed lumpfish (Cyclopterus lumpus)' (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Prof Carlos Garcia De Leaniz
  • 'Visual recognition in the lumpfish (Cuclopterus lumpus), an emerging Aquaculture species used as a cleaner fish' (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Prof Carlos Garcia De Leaniz

Research Groups

  • FishBEE

    FISHBEE uses fish and other aquatic organisms as models to address broad issues in invasion biology, ecology and evolution using a broad approach that includes molecular techniques, field work and behavioural approaches.

Key Grants and Projects

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