SusanJohnstonDr Susan E. Johnston
Royal Society University Research Fellow
Institute of Evolutionary Biology
University of Edinburgh
United Kingdom


My research interests centre on using genomic information to understand selection and evolution in wild and domesticated populations. Common themes include determining the genetic architecture of traits using genome scans, understanding why genetic variation persists in traits despite strong selection, and most recently, the evolutionary importance of recombination rate variation at different evolutionary timescales. I answer these questions using data from various vertebrate species, including domestic sheep, red deer, Atlantic salmon and house sparrows.

My research group will be starting in October 2016 at the Institute of Evolutionary Biology in Edinburgh. At present, I do not have postdoctoral funding, but would be happy to hear from people interested in applying for postdoctoral fellowships (e.g. Marie Curie, Royal Society Newton) or research grants (e.g. Leverhulme, NERC etc). I aim to recruit PhD students from Sep 2017, so please get in touch if interested.

Academic History:

Royal Society University Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh (from Oct 2016)
Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Edinburgh (2013 – 2016).
Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Turku, Finland (2011 – 2012).
PhD, University of Sheffield (2010).
MSc, University of Edinburgh  (2006).
BSc (Hons), University of St Andrews (2005).

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