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. & Genetic diversity and parasite facilitated establishment of the invasive signal crayfish (Pacifastacus leniusculus) in Great Britain. Ecology and Evolution 8(18), 9181-9191.
  2. & Transcriptomic response to parasite infection in Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) depends on rearing density. BMC Genomics 19(1)
  3. & Interpopulation Variation in the Atlantic Salmon Microbiome Reflects Environmental and Genetic Diversity. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 84(16)
  4. & Data on optimisation of a multiplex HRM-qPCR assay for native and invasive crayfish as well as the crayfish plague in four river catchments. Data in Brief
  5. & Simultaneous detection of invasive signal crayfish, endangered white-clawed crayfish and the crayfish plague pathogen using environmental DNA. Biological Conservation 222, 241-252.

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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. 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

  • 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
  • Delivering safe and nutritious tilapia to low income Countries (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Tamsyn Uren Webster
    Other supervisor: Dr Sergei Shubin
    Other supervisor: Prof Carlos Garcia De Leaniz
  • Early Detection and Establishment Assessment of Aquatic Invasive Species (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Emily Shepard
    Other supervisor: Prof Carlos Garcia De Leaniz
  • The genetic basis of disease resistance in wild and farmed fish populations under the pressures of inbreeding (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Carlos Garcia De Leaniz
    Other supervisor: Dr Emily Shepard
  • Inter and intraspecific variation in passage success within an experimental pool and weir system (current)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Prof Carlos Garcia De Leaniz
  • The Inclusion of Spirulina and Tryptophan into a Novel Diet for Juvenile Tilapia in an attemot to reduce Stress (current)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Prof Carlos Garcia De Leaniz
  • Relative roles of genetic and epigenetic variation on the ecology and evolution of mangrove killifishes (Kryptolebias spp.) (current)

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

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

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Carlos Garcia De Leaniz
  • Improvement of health and welfare in lumpfish (Cyclopterus lumpus L.) used for sea lice control in salmon farming«br /» Chapter 1: Development of a Scoring Index to assess different parameters in farmed lumpfish (Cyclopterus lumpus L.) and their relationship with condition and welfare (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Carlos Garcia De Leaniz
  • Adaptive responses of Irish and Celtic sea fish species to environmental change (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    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
  • Detecting forest insect and disease outbreaks within the palaeoecological record (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Cynthia Froyd
  • Development and Application of molecular tools estimating spacial and seasonal distribution patterns of freshwater and marine aquatic invasive species (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Carlos Garcia De Leaniz
    Other supervisor: Dr Cynthia Froyd
  • '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
  • 'Purple moor grass (Molinia caerulea) dominance over time in a ‘degraded’ Welsh peatland' (awarded 2018)

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