Prof Oscar Gaggiotti

Prof Oscar Gaggiotti
MASTS Professor


Oscar Gaggiotti is a MASTS professor. His research focuses on the study of spatial patterns of genetic diversity to better understand the evolutionary and ecological processes responsible for their origin and maintenance. To this end he develops ecologically realistic population genetics theory and methods using a framework based on the metapopulation paradigm and Bayesian statistics.

With his research group he has developed several statistical approaches that can simultaneously utilize the information provided by different types of data (genetic, demographic, environmental) and has applied them to two research problems:

  • Statistical inference of the demographic history and ecology of populations,
  • Study of local adaptation to understand the molecular bases of phenotypic variation.

Editorial Boards

Associate Editor, Methods in Ecology and Evolution (2014-current)

Associate Editor, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (2013-current)

Reviews Editor, Heredity (2011-2016)

Board of Reviewing Editors, Journal of Evolutionary Biology (2010-2015)

Subject Editor, Molecular Ecology Resources (2009-2014)

Associate Editor and Deputy Section Editor, BMC Genetics (2009-2013)

source: symbiosis


50 (of 85 /dk/atira/pure/researchoutput/status/published available) for oeg (source: University of St Andrews PURE)
Please click title of any item for full details

Accounting for stochasticity in demographic compensation along the elevational range of an alpine plant Marco Andrello, Pierre de Villemereuil, Marta Carboni, Delphine Busson, Marie-Josée Fortin, Oscar Eduardo Gaggiotti, Irène Till-Bottraud
Ecology Letters 2020 vol. 23 pp. 870-880
Genetic diversity and connectivity of southern right whales (Eubalaena australis) found in the Brazil and Chile–Peru wintering grounds and the South Georgia (Islas Georgias del Sur) feeding ground Emma Louise Carroll, Paulo H Ott, Louise F McMillan, Bárbara Galletti Vernazzani, Petra Neveceralova, Els Vermeulen, Oscar Eduardo Gaggiotti, Artur Andriolo, C Scott Baker, Connor Bamford, Peter Best, Elsa Cabrera, Susannah Calderan, Andrea Chirife, Rachel M Fewster, Paulo A C Flores, Timothy Frasier, Thales R O Freitas, Karina Groch, Pavel Hulva, Amy Kennedy, Russell Leaper, Matthew S Leslie, Michael Moore, Larissa Oliveira, Jon Seger, Emilie N Stepien, Luciano O Valenzuela, Alexandre Zerbini, Jennifer A Jackson
Journal of Heredity 2020 vol. 111 pp. 263-276
Perturbation drives changing metapopulation dynamics in a top marine predator Emma Louise Carroll, Ailsa Jane Hall, Morten Tange Olsen, Aubrie Ann Booth, Oscar Eduardo Gaggiotti, Debbie JF Russell
Proceedings. Biological sciences 2020 vol. 287 pp. 20200318
Fine-scale population structure and connectivity of bottlenose dolphins, Tursiops truncatus, in European waters and implications for conservation Milaja Nykänen, Marie Louis, Eileen Dillane, Eric Alfonsi, Simon Berrow, Joanne O'Brien, Andrew Brownlow, Pablo Covelo, Willy Dabin, Rob Deaville, Renaud de Stephanis, François Gally, Pauline Gauffier, Simon Ingram, Tamara Lucas, Luca Mirimin, Rod Penrose, Emer Rogan, Monica Silva, Simon Simon-Bouhet, Oscar Eduardo Gaggiotti
Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 2019 vol. 29 pp. 197-211
Incorporating non-equilibrium dynamics into demographic history inferences of a migratory marine species Emma Louise Carroll, R Alderman, J L Bannister, Martine Berube, P B Best, L Boren, C S Baker, Rachel Constantine, K Findlay, R Harcourt, L Lemaire, Per Palsboll, N J Patenaude, V J Rowntree, J Seger, D Steel, L O Valenzuela, M Watson, Oscar Eduardo Gaggiotti
Heredity 2019 vol. 122 pp. 53-68
Landscape, colonization and life history Daniel Ruzzante, Gregory McCraken, Sarah Salisbury, Hilary Brewis, Donald Keefe, Oscar Eduardo Gaggiotti, Robert Perry
Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 2019 vol. 76 pp. 2288-2302
Making use of the social network in conservation genomics Emma Louise Carroll, Oscar Eduardo Gaggiotti
Molecular Ecology Resources 2019 vol. 19 pp. 307-309
Differentiation measures for conservation genetics Lou Jost, Frederick Archer, Sarah Flanagan, Oscar Eduardo Gaggiotti, Sean Hoban, Emily Latch
Evolutionary Applications 2018 vol. 11 pp. 1139-1148
Diversity from genes to ecosystems Oscar Eduardo Gaggiotti, Anne Chao, Pedro Peres-Neto, Chun-Huo Chiu, Christine Edwards, Marie-Josée Fortin, Lou Jost, Christopher Richards, Kimberly Selkoe
Evolutionary Applications 2018 vol. 11 pp. 1176-1193
Guidelines for genetic data analysis Robin S. Waples, A. Rus Hoelzel, Oscar Eduardo Gaggiotti, Ralph Tiedemann, Per J. Palsbøll, Frank Cipriano, J.A. Jackson, John W. Bickham, Aimée R. Lang
Journal of Cetacean Research and Management 2018 vol. 18 pp. 33-80
Patterns of phenotypic plasticity and local adaptation in the wide elevation range of the alpine plant Arabis alpina Pierre de Villemereuil, Mederic Mouterde, Oscar Eduardo Gaggiotti, Irene Till-Buttraud
Journal of Ecology 2018 vol. 106 pp. 1952–1971
Disentangling the relative merits and disadvantages of parentage analysis and assignment tests for inferring population connectivity Mark Christie, Patrick Meirmans, Oscar Eduardo Gaggiotti, Robert Toonen, Crow White
ICES Journal of Marine Science 2017 vol. 74 pp. 1749-1762
Estimating contemporary migration rates Juan J Robledo-Arnuncio, Oscar Eduardo Gaggiotti
Journal of Ecology 2017 vol. 105 pp. 49-62
Identifying consistent allele frequency differences in studies of stratified populations Oscar Eduardo Gaggiotti, Michael Blair Morrissey, Michael Gordon Ritchie
Methods in Ecology and Evolution 2017 vol. 8 pp. 1899-1909
Metapopulation of marine species with larval dispersal Oscar Eduardo Gaggiotti
Annales Zoologici Fennici 2017 vol. 54 pp. 97-112
Common garden experiments in the genomic era Pierre de Villemereuil, Oscar Eduardo Gaggiotti, Mederic Mouterde, Irene Till-Bottraud
Heredity 2016 vol. 116 pp. 249-254
Detecting polygenic selection in marine populations by combining population genomics and quantitative genetics approaches Gagnaire Pierre-Alexandre, Oscar Eduardo Gaggiotti
Current Zoology 2016 vol. 62 pp. 603-616
Detection of selective sweeps in structured populations Alexandra Vatsiou, Eric Bazin, Oscar Eduardo Gaggiotti
Molecular Ecology 2016 vol. 25 pp. 89-103
Erratum Emma Louise Carroll, Matthew David Watson, R. Alderman, J. Bannister, Oscar Eduardo Gaggiotti, D. R. Gröcke, N.J. Patenaude, R. Harcourt
Scientific Reports 2016 vol. 6
Influence of environmental heterogeneity on the distribution and persistence of a subterranean rodent in a highly unstable landscape Maria Jimena Gomez Fernandez, Emma Boston, Oscar Eduardo Gaggiotti, Kittlein Marcelo J, Mirol Patricia M
Genetica 2016 vol. 144 pp. 711-722
The DNA of coral reef biodiversity Kim Selkoe, Oscar Eduardo Gaggiotti, Eric Treml, Johanna Wren, Marie Donovan, Robert Toonen
Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 2016 vol. 283
A new FST method to uncover local adaptation using environmental variables Pierre de Villemereuil, Oscar Eduardo Gaggiotti
Methods in Ecology and Evolution 2015 vol. 6 pp. 1248-1258
Cultural traditions across a migratory network shape the genetic structure of southern right whales around Australia and New Zealand Emma Louise Carroll, C. Scott Baker, Mandy Watson, Rachael Alderman, John Bannister, Oscar Eduardo Gaggiotti, Darren Gröcke, Nathalie Patenaude, Robert Harcourt
Scientific Reports 2015 vol. 5
Detecting adaptive evolution based on association with ecological gradients Eric Frichot, Sean Schoville, de Villemereuil Pierre, Oscar Eduardo Gaggiotti, Olivier Francois
Heredity 2015 vol. 115 pp. 22-28
Emergent patterns of population genetic structure for a coral reef community Kimberly A. Selkoe, Oscar Eduardo Gaggiotti, Brian W. Bowen, Robert J. Toonen
Molecular Ecology 2014 vol. 23 pp. 3064-3079
Genome scan methods against more complex models Pierre de Villemereuil, Eric Frichot, Eric Bazin, Olivier Francois, Oscar Eduardo Gaggiotti
Molecular Ecology 2014 vol. 23 pp. 2006-2019
High genetic structure of the Cozumel Harvest mice, a critically endangered island endemic S. Espindola, A.D. Cuarón, Oscar Eduardo Gaggiotti, E. Vázquez-Domínguez
Conservation Genetics 2014 vol. 15 pp. 1393-1402
Widespread signals of convergent adaptation to high altitude in Asia and America Matthieu Foll, Oscar Eduardo Gaggiotti, Josephine T Daub, Alexandra Vatsiou, Laurent Excoffier
American Journal of Human Genetics 2014 vol. 95 pp. 394-407
Bringing genetic diversity to the forefront of conservation policy and management Sean M. Hoban, Heidi C. Hauffe, Silvia Perez-Espona, Jan W. Arntzen, Giorgio Bertorelle, Josef Bryja, Katie Frith, Oscar Eduardo Gaggiotti, Peter Galbusera, Jose A. Godoy, A. Rus Hoelzel, Richard A. Nichols, Craig R. Primmer, Isa-Rita Russo, Gernot Segelbacher, Hans R. Siegismund, Marjatta Sihvonen, Cristiano Vernesi, Carles Vila, Michael W. Bruford
Conservation Genetics Resources 2013 vol. 5 pp. 593-598
Conservation Genetic Resources for Effective Species Survival (ConGRESS): Bridging the divide between conservation research and practice Sean Hoban, Jan W. Arntzen, Giorgio Bertorelle, Josef Bryja, Margarida Fernandes, Katie Frith, Oscar Eduardo Gaggiotti, Peter Galbusera, Jose A. Godoy, Heidi C. Hauffe, A. Rus Hoelzel, Richard A. Nichols, Silvia Perez-Espona, Craig Primmer, Isa-Rita M. Russo, Gernot Segelbacher, Hans R. Siegismund, Marjatta Sihvonen, Per Sjogren-Gulve, Cristiano Vernesi, Carles Vila, Michael W. Bruford
Journal for Nature Conservation 2013 vol. 21 pp. 433-437
High variance in reproductive success generates a false signature of a genetic bottleneck in populations of constant size: a simulation study Sean M. Hoban, Massimo Mezzavilla, Oscar Eduardo Gaggiotti, Andrea Benazzo, Cock van Oosterhout, Giorgio Bertorelle
BMC Bioinformatics 2013 vol. 14
Sample Planning Optimization Tool for conservation and population Genetics (SPOTG) Sean Hoban, Oscar Eduardo Gaggiotti, Giorgio Bertorelle,
Methods in Ecology and Evolution 2013 vol. 4 pp. 299-303
The number of markers and samples needed for detecting bottlenecks under realistic scenarios, with and without recovery: a simulation-based study Sean M. Hoban, Oscar Eduardo Gaggiotti, Giorgio Bertorelle
Molecular Ecology 2013 vol. 22 pp. 3444-3450
Computer simulations Sean Hoban, Giorgio Bertorelle, Oscar Eduardo Gaggiotti
Nature Reviews Genetics 2012 vol. 13 pp. 110-122
Demographic history and genetic diversity in West Indian Coereba flaveola populations Eva Bellemain, Oscar Eduardo Gaggiotti, Anna Fahey, Eldredge Bermingham, Robert E. Ricklefs
Genetica 2012 vol. 140 pp. 137-148
Effect of Stage-Specific Vital Rates on Population Growth Rates and Effective Population Sizes in an Endangered Iteroparous Plant Marco Andrello, Florence Nicole, Irene Till-Bottraud, Oscar Eduardo Gaggiotti
Conservation Biology 2012 vol. 26 pp. 208-217
The evolution of a highly speciose group in a changing environment: are we witnessing speciation in the Ibera wetlands? Maria Jimena Gomez Fernandez, Oscar Eduardo Gaggiotti, Patricia Mirol
Molecular Ecology 2012 vol. 21 pp. 3266-3282
Combining demography and genetic analysis to assess the population structure of an amphibian in a human-dominated landscape Toni Safner, Claude Miaud, Oscar Eduardo Gaggiotti, Samuel Decout, Delphine Rioux, Stephanie Zundel, Stephanie Manel
Conservation Genetics 2011 vol. 12 pp. 161-173
Ecology and life history affect different aspects of the population structure of 27 high-alpine plants Patrick G. Meirmans, Jerome Goudet, Oscar Eduardo Gaggiotti
Molecular Ecology 2011 vol. 20 pp. 3144-3155
Approximate Bayesian Computation (ABC) in practice Katalin Csillery, Michael G. B. Blum, Oscar Eduardo Gaggiotti, Olivier Francois
Trends in Ecology and Evolution 2010 vol. 25 pp. 410-418
Dispersal and population structure at different spatial scales in the subterranean rodent Ctenomys australis Matias S. Mora, Fernando J. Mapelli, Oscar Eduardo Gaggiotti, Marcelo J. Kittlein, Enrique P. Lessa
BMC Genetics 2010 vol. 11
In defence of model-based inference in phylogeography REPLY Mark A. Beaumont, Rasmus Nielsen, Christian Robert, Jody Hey, Oscar Eduardo Gaggiotti, Lacey Knowles, Arnaud Estoup, Mahesh Panchal, Jukka Corander, Mike Hickerson, Scott A. Sisson, Nelson Fagundes, Lounes Chikhi, Peter Beerli, Renaud Vitalis, Jean-Marie Cornuet, John Huelsenbeck, Matthieu Foll, Ziheng Yang, Francois Rousset, David Balding, Laurent Excoffier
Molecular Ecology 2010 vol. 19 pp. 436-446
Invalid arguments against ABC: Reply to AR Templeton Katalin Csillery, Michael G. B. Blum, Oscar Eduardo Gaggiotti, Olivier Francois
Trends in Ecology and Evolution 2010 vol. 25 pp. 490-491
Preface to the special issue: advances in the analysis of spatial genetic data Oscar Eduardo Gaggiotti
Molecular Ecology Resources 2010 vol. 10 pp. 757-759
Quantifying population structure using the F-model Oscar Eduardo Gaggiotti, Matthieu Foll
Molecular Ecology Resources 2010 vol. 10 pp. 821-830
Recent Advances in Spatial Population Genetics Oscar Eduardo Gaggiotti
2010 vol. 10
Disentangling the effects of evolutionary, demographic, and environmental factors influencing genetic structure of natural populations Oscar Eduardo Gaggiotti, Dorte Bekkevold, Hanne B. H. Jorgensen, Matthieu Foll, Gary R. Carvalho, Carl Andre, Daniel E. Ruzzante
Evolution 2009 vol. 63 pp. 2939-2951


The Secretary
Scottish Oceans Institute
Institiud Chuantan na h-Alba
Gatty Marine Laboratory
East Sands St Andrews
KY16 8LB

tel: +44 (0) 1334 463472
fax: +44 (0) 1334 463443