Dr James Whiting, PhD
Faculty of Science, Department of Biological Sciences
I am interested in the genomics of adaptation, and in particular the repeatable evolution in natural populations. I have previously investigated these topics in three-spined stickleback (MacColl Lab, University of Nottingham, UK) and Trinidadian guppies (Fraser Lab, University of Exeter, UK), and I am now researching the prevalence and processes governing repeatability in the genetic basis of adaptation to climate across diverse plant species. In addition to examining natural systems, I am also interested in generating and exploring hypotheses for adaptation and parallel/convergent evolution using simulations.
I have also been involved with the development of various R packages for analysis of genome sequencing data:
- AF-vapeR: Allele frequency vector analysis of parallel evolutionary responses (https://github.com/JimWhiting91/afvaper)
- GenotypePlot: exploratory visualisation tool for VCF/SNP data (https://github.com/JimWhiting91/genotype_plot)
General interests/skills: Evolution, Adaptation, Genomics, Bioinformatics
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