Areas of Expertise

  • Sustainable aquaculture
  • Ecotoxicology
  • NGS and bioinformatics
  • Microbiome
  • Epigenetics
  • Transcriptomics
  • Stress


  1. Uren Webster, T., Rodriguez‐Barreto, D., Rey, O., Uren‐Webster, T., Castaldo, G., Consuegra, S., Garcia De Leaniz, C., Consuegra del Olmo, S. Transcriptomic response to aquaculture intensification in Nile tilapia Evolutionary Applications 12 9 1757 1771
  2. Uren Webster, T., Rodriguez Barreto, D., Castaldo, G., Gough, P., Consuegra del Olmo, S., Garcia De Leaniz, C. Environmental plasticity and colonisation history in the Atlantic salmon microbiome: A translocation experiment Molecular Ecology
  3. Uren Webster, T., Rodriguez-Barreto, D., Martin, S., Van Oosterhout, C., Orozco-terWengel, P., Cable, J., Hamilton, A., Garcia De Leaniz, C., Consuegra, S., Consuegra del Olmo, S. Contrasting effects of acute and chronic stress on the transcriptome, epigenome, and immune response of Atlantic salmon Epigenetics 1 17
  4. Porteus, C., Hubbard, P., Uren Webster, T., van Aerle, R., Canário, A., Santos, E., Wilson, R. Near-future CO2 levels impair the olfactory system of a marine fish Nature Climate Change 8 8 737 743
  5. Uren Webster, T., Consuegra, S., Hitchings, M., Garcia De Leaniz, C., Consuegra del Olmo, S. Interpopulation Variation in the Atlantic Salmon Microbiome Reflects Environmental and Genetic Diversity Applied and Environmental Microbiology 84 16

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  • 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).


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

    Other supervisor: Prof Sofia Consuegra Del Olmo
    Other supervisor: Prof Sergei Shubin
    Other supervisor: Prof Carlos Garcia De Leaniz
  • Impacts of behavioural phenotype on acclimatisation behaviour and predator interactions in Danio rerio (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Fraser Januchowski-Hartley
  • Maternal Heritability of the Zebrafish (Danio rerio) Gut Microbiome (awarded 2020)

    Other supervisor: Prof Sofia Consuegra Del Olmo