University of Aberdeen
Current Position Chair in Molecular Ecology and Evolution
Telephone +44 (0)1224 272864
Departments School of Biological Sciences
Quadrat Core Themes Biodiversity, Environmental Management
Methods I Use Omics and Informatics


Key Research Interests

  • Molecular ecology
  • Invasive species management
  • Evolution and adaptation
  • Biodiversity assessment

Recent Key Papers

  • Wenzel, MA., Douglas, A. & Piertney, SB. (2018). ‘Microbiome composition within a sympatric species complex of intertidal isopods (Jaera albifrons)’. PLoS ONE, vol. 13, no. 8, 0202212.
  • Jamieson, AJ., Malkocs, T., Piertney, SB., Fujii, T. & Zhang, Z. (2017). ‘Bioaccumulation of persistent organic pollutants in the deepest ocean fauna’. Nature Ecology & Evolution, vol. 1, 0051.
  • Ritchie, H., Jamieson, AJ. & Piertney, SB. (2017). ‘Population genetic structure of two congeneric deep-sea amphipod species from geographically isolated hadal trenches in the Pacific Ocean’. Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers, vol. 119, pp. 50-57.

Summary Title of Current Studentships

  • Emergence, spread and persistence of marine invasive non-native species.
  • The ecology and evolution of zoonotic pathogens in fragmented multi-host populations.
  • Using eDNA to characterise whale shark population structure and dynamics.
  • QUADRAT DTP student, Tilly Scott: The role of transposable elements in driving evolution and adaptation in the deep sea
  • QUADRAT DTP student, Ethan Ross: Establishing Marine Biodiversity Baselines for Blue Carbon Habitats
  • QUADRAT DTP student, Sebastian van Hellemondt: Harnessing next-generation diagnostic technologies for eDNA-based biosurveillance, wildlife forensics and conservation biology