We thank the Carnegie Trust for the Research Incentive grant funding our project "Environmental and genomic drivers of diversity in Scottish fishes of high natural heritage value".
Scottish freshwater fishes harbour an exceptionally rich array of diversity within species and are regarded by scientists, government and society alike as having very high economic and natural heritage value, especially the loch-restricted salmonid species brown trout (Salmo trutta), Arctic charr (Salvelinus alpinus), and powan (Coregonus lavaretus). All of these species are topics of biodiversity management conservation efforts and fundamental evolutionary biology and ecology research. In this project we aim to assess the roles of extrinsic and intrinsic factors influencing intraspecific diversity. This will be done in a comparative analysis across environments and species to identify the environmental, demographic and genomic facilitators of intraspecific, ecologically relevant morphological diversity. We aim to develop a predictive framework for the role of these factors in evolutionary processes and their importance for conservation and fisheries management.
This work will be done in cooperation with C. Adams.