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. & DNA methylation changes in the sperm of captive-reared fish: a route to epigenetic introgression in wild populations. Molecular Biology and Evolution
  2. & Monitoring the eradication of the highly invasive topmouth gudgeon ( Pseudorasbora parva ) using a novel eDNA assay. Environmental DNA
  3. & Contrasting effects of acute and chronic stress on the transcriptome, epigenome, and immune response of Atlantic salmon. Epigenetics 13(12), 1191-1207.
  4. & Immune-related transcriptional responses to parasitic infection in a naturally inbred fish: roles of genotype and individual variation. Genome Biology and Evolution
  5. & Contrasting DNA methylation responses of inbred fish lines to different rearing environments. Epigenetics, 1-10.

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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

  • Ancient DNA: developing methodologies for tropical and temperate sites (current)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Dr Cynthia Froyd
  • 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
  • Maternal Heritability of the Zebrafish Microbiome (current)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Dr Tamsyn Uren Webster
  • Developmental, behavioural and welfare effects of exercise and microalgal feed supplementation in Zebrafish (Danio rerio) across two generations (current)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Dr William Allen
    Other supervisor: Prof Carlos Garcia De Leaniz
  • Evaluating dietary supplements for the reduction of aggression in intensively farmed Tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) (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
  • Freshwater invaders in recently colonized water: Implications for mangement (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Dan Eastwood
    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
  • Improvements on health and welfare in farmed lumpfish (Cyclopterus lumpus L.) used for sea lice control in the salmon industry«br /»«br /»«br /» (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Carlos Garcia De Leaniz
  • Phenotypic and genotypic variation of the lumpfish (Cyclopterus lumpus): applications towards the sustainable aquaculture of cleaner fish. (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 toold estimating spatial and seasonal distribution patterns of freshwater and marine native and invasive species. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Carlos Garcia De Leaniz
    Other supervisor: Dr Cynthia Froyd
  • Inter and intraspecific variation in passage success within an experimental pool and weir system (awarded 2019)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Prof Carlos Garcia De Leaniz
  • Pathways of Introduction and Spread of Invasive Alien Species (AIS) in freshwater ecosystems. (awarded 2019)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Emily Shepard
    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
  • '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
  • Early Detection and Establishment Assessment of Aquatic Invasive Species (awarded 2018)

    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 (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Carlos Garcia De Leaniz
    Other supervisor: Dr Emily Shepard
  • 'Optimising egg incubation and larval rearing in lumpfish (Cyclopterus lumpus) aquaculture' (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