Dr. Susan Johnston

SusanJohnstonPostdoctoral Researcher
Institute of Evolutionary Biology
University of Edinburgh
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 131 650 7702
Email: Susan.Johnston@ed.ac.uk

I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Wild Evolution Group at the University of Edinburgh. My research interests centre on using genomic information to understand selection and evolution in wild populations. Particular questions I am interested in include: determining the genetic architecture of traits under selection; understanding the relationship between genetic variants and fitness; how and why particular genes are important in adaptation; the interaction between genes and environment; and the evolutionary importance of recombination rate variation.

Academic History

University of Edinburgh – Postdoctoral Researcher (2013 – present).
University of Turku, Finland – Postdoctoral Researcher (2011 – 2013).
University of Sheffield – PhD (2010).
University of Edinburgh – MSc. Quantitative Genetics and Genome Analysis (2006).
University of St Andrews – BSc. (Hons) Evolutionary and Environmental Biology (2005).

Academic Services

Associate Editor: Methods in Ecology and Evolution.

Reviewer: Molecular Ecology (listed as a top reviewer in 2012, 2014 & 2015), Evolution, Evolutionary Applications, Heredity, Molecular Ecology Resources, Ecology and Evolution, Methods in Ecology and Evolution, PLoS One, Journal of Animal Breeding and Genetics, Behavior Genetics, Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, Genome Biology and Evolution, Animal Genetics, Scientific Reports.

Professional Membership: European Society for Evolutionary Biology, Genetics Society, British Ecological Society.

Organisation: Co-organiser of Edinburgh R Users Group (http://edinbr.org/).


Gene mapping, QTL mapping, genome-wide association study, quantitative genetics, ecological genomics, local adapation, animal model, wild populations, recombination.