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Cathy Walton

University of Manchester
Faculty of Life Sciences
Michael Smith Building, Oxford Road
Manchester, Lancs M13 2PT
United Kingdom

+44 161 275 1533

Taxa Studied: Invertebrate Animals, Vertebrate Animals, Anopheles mosquitoes, Aedes mosquitoes Squirrels Amphibians
Techniques Employed: Solexa (Illumina) Sequencing, Bioinformatics/Sequence Analysis, Other, population genetics data analysis
Research Description: My lab works on a range of evolutionary questions, particularly associated with natural variation in populations, speciation and adaptation. We are currently researching the following topics: Use of landscape genomics (using RAD markers) to determine geographical barriers to gene flow in Anopheles mosquitoes in Northeast India and Myanmar. Using RAD markers to determine the role of chromosomal inversions in limiting gene flow across the genome and their role in local adaptation in Anopheles mosquitoes. Phylogeography and conservation genetics of amphibians in central America. Determining the extent of loss of genetic diversity within species as a result of forest loss and fragmentation in Thailand using several squirrel species. The evolution of insecticide resistance in the kdr gene in Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in Southeast Asia. Understanding the effect of historical environmental change on the forests of Africa and the impacts on the diversification of forest taxa using several species of Aedes mosquitoes as a test taxon.
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Willing to Host Undergraduates: YES
Actively Seeking Undergraduates: NO
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