Queen's University, Belfast

Current Position Senior Lecturer & Associate Director, Marine Lab
Telephone +44 (0)7805665863
Email j.sigwart@qub.ac.uk
Departments School of Biological Sciences
Quadrat Core Themes Biodiversity, Earth Systems
Methods I Use Bio / Geo / Chemical Analytical, Omics and Informatics

Key Research Interests

  • Visualisation and analysis of animal morphology using microscopy and three-dimensional digital imaging technology
  • Biodiversity dynamics through time, including living diversity and the fossil record
  • Systematics, phylogenetics, natural history, and species discovery of Mollusca
  • Tropical marine biodiversity (ongoing field work and collaborations in Malaysia)
  • Deep sea biodiversity and evolutionary adaptations

Recent Key Papers

  • Chen C, K Uematsu, K Linse, JD Sigwart. 2018. Cryptic niche switching in a chemosymbiotic gastropod. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 285: 20181099.
  • Sigwart JD, MD Sutton, KD Bennett. 2017. How big is a genus? Towards a nomothetic systematics. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. 183: 237–252.
  • Sigwart JD. 2018. What Species Mean: A User’s Guide to the Units of Biodiversity. CRC Press / Taylor & Francis. 232 pp.

Summary Title of Current Studentships

  • The impact of microplastics on commercially important fisheries species
  • The impact of taxonomy and systematics on studying deep-sea biodiversity