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Alternative life histories: linking genes to phenotypes to demography

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Project "ALH" data sheet

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Organization address
city: Cork
postcode: T12 YN60

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 Coordinator Country Ireland [IE]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙499˙202 €
 EC max contribution 1˙499˙202 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-05-01   to  2021-04-30


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 Project objective

Understanding how and why individuals develop strikingly different life histories is a major goal in evolutionary biology. It is also a prerequisite for conserving important biodiversity within species and predicting the impacts of environmental change on populations. The aim of my study is to examine a key threshold phenotypic trait (alternative migratory tactics) in a series of large scale laboratory and field experiments, integrating several previously independent perspectives from evolutionary ecology, ecophysiology and genomics, to produce a downstream predictive model. My chosen study species, the brown trout Salmo trutta, has an extensive history of genetic and experimental work and exhibits ‘partial migration’: individuals either migrate to sea (‘sea trout’) or remain in freshwater their whole lives. Recent advances in molecular parentage assignment, quantitative genetics and genomics (next generation sequencing and bioinformatics) will allow unprecedented insight into how alternative life history phenotypes are moulded by the interaction between genes and environment. To provide additional mechanistic understanding of these processes, the balance between metabolic requirements during growth and available extrinsic resources will be investigated as the major physiological driver of migratory behaviour. Together these results will be used to develop a predictive model to explore the consequences of rapid environmental change, accounting for the effects of genetics and environment on phenotype and on population demographics. In addition to their value for conservation and management of an iconic and key species in European freshwaters and coastal seas, these results will generate novel insight into the evolution of migratory behaviour generally, providing a text book example of how alternative life histories are shaped and maintained in wild populations.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Róisín Pinfield, Eileen Dillane, Anne Kathrine W. Runge, Alice Evans, Luca Mirimin, Jonas Niemann, Thomas E. Reed, David G. Reid, Emer Rogan, Filipa I. P. Samarra, Eva Egelyng Sigsgaard, Andrew D. Foote
False‐negative detections from environmental DNA collected in the presence of large numbers of killer whales ( Orcinus orca )
published pages: 316-328, ISSN: 2637-4943, DOI: 10.1002/edn3.32
Environmental DNA 1/4 2020-01-29
2019 Thomas E. Reed
Can Arctic seabirds adapt to climate change?
published pages: 2068-2070, ISSN: 0269-8463, DOI: 10.1111/1365-2435.13430
Functional Ecology 33/11 2020-01-29
2019 Ronan James O\'Sullivan, Tutku Aykanat, Susan E. Johnston, Adam Kane, Russell Poole, Ger Rogan, Paulo A. Prodöhl, Craig R. Primmer, Philip McGinnity, Thomas Eric Reed
Evolutionary stasis of a heritable morphological trait in a wild fish population despite apparent directional selection
published pages: 7096-7111, ISSN: 2045-7758, DOI: 10.1002/ece3.5274
Ecology and Evolution 9/12 2020-01-29
2019 Viktoriia Radchuk, Thomas Reed, Céline Teplitsky, Martijn van de Pol, Anne Charmantier, Christopher Hassall, Peter Adamík, Frank Adriaensen, Markus P. Ahola, Peter Arcese, Jesús Miguel Avilés, Javier Balbontin, Karl S. Berg, Antoni Borras, Sarah Burthe, Jean Clobert, Nina Dehnhard, Florentino de Lope, André A. Dhondt, Niels J. Dingemanse, Hideyuki Doi, Tapio Eeva, Joerns Fickel, Iolanda Filel
Adaptive responses of animals to climate change are most likely insufficient
published pages: , ISSN: 2041-1723, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-10924-4
Nature Communications 10/1 2020-01-29
2019 Thomas E. Reed, Paulo Prodöhl, Caroline Bradley, John Gilbey, Philip McGinnity, Craig R. Primmer, Philip J. Bacon
Heritability estimation via molecular pedigree reconstruction in a wild fish population reveals substantial evolutionary potential for sea age at maturity, but not size within age classes
published pages: 790-805, ISSN: 0706-652X, DOI: 10.1139/cjfas-2018-0123
Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 76/5 2019-09-02
2019 Andrew Ferguson, Thomas E. Reed, Tom F. Cross, Philip Mcginnity, Paulo A. Prodöhl
Anadromy, potamodromy and residency in brown trout Salmo trutta : the role of genes and the environment
published pages: , ISSN: 0022-1112, DOI: 10.1111/jfb.14005
Journal of Fish Biology 2019-09-02
2019 Louise C. Archer, Stephen Hutton, Luke Harman, Michael N. O\'Grady, Joseph P. Kerry, Russell Poole, Paddy Gargan, Philip McGinnity and Thomas E. Reed
The interplay between extrinsic and intrinsic factors in determining migration decisions in brown trout (Salmo trutta): an experimental study
published pages: , ISSN: 2296-701X, DOI: 10.3389/fevo.2019.00222
Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 2019-09-02
2015 William J. Sydeman, Elvira Poloczanska, Thomas E. Reed, Sarah Ann Thompson
Climate change and marine vertebrates
published pages: 772-777, ISSN: 0036-8075, DOI: 10.1126/science.aac9874
Science 350/6262 2019-09-02

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