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-current)

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


Recent publications listed in research@st-andrews
Selkoe, K, Gaggiotti, OE, Treml, E, Wren, J, Donovan, M, Consortium, Hawaii Reef Connectivity & Toonen, R 2016, 'The DNA of coral reef biodiversity: predicting and protecting genetic diversity of reef assemblages' Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, vol 283, no. 1829, 20160354. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2016.0354
de Villemereuil, P, Gaggiotti, OE, Mouterde, M & Till-Bottraud, I 2016, 'Common garden experiments in the genomic era: new perspectives and opportunities' Heredity, vol 116, no. 3, pp. 249-254. DOI: 10.1038/hdy.2015.93
Frichot, E, Schoville, S, Pierre, DV, Gaggiotti, OE & Francois, O 2015, 'Detecting adaptive evolution based on association with ecological gradients: orientation matters' Heredity, vol 115, no. 1, pp. 22-28. DOI: doi:10.1038/hdy.2015.7
Selkoe, KA, Gaggiotti, OE, ToBo Lab, Bowen, BW & Toonen, RJ 2014, 'Emergent patterns of population genetic structure for a coral reef community' Molecular Ecology, vol 23, no. 12, pp. 3064-3079. DOI: 10.1111/mec.12804
de Villemereuil, P, Frichot, E, Bazin, E, Francois, O & Gaggiotti, OE 2014, 'Genome scan methods against more complex models: when and how much should we trust them?' Molecular Ecology, vol 23, no. 8, pp. 2006-2019. DOI: 10.1111/mec.12705
Hoban, S, Arntzen, JW, Bertorelle, G, Bryja, J, Fernandes, M, Frith, K, Gaggiotti, O, Galbusera, P, Godoy, JA, Hauffe, HC, Hoelzel, AR, Nichols, RA, Perez-Espona, S, Primmer, C, Russo, I-RM, Segelbacher, G, Siegismund, HR, Sihvonen, M, Sjogren-Gulve, P, Vernesi, C, Vila, C & Bruford, MW 2013, 'Conservation Genetic Resources for Effective Species Survival (ConGRESS): Bridging the divide between conservation research and practice' Journal for Nature Conservation, vol 21, no. 6, pp. 433-437. DOI: 10.1016/j.jnc.2013.07.005
Hoban, SM, Hauffe, HC, Perez-Espona, S, Arntzen, JW, Bertorelle, G, Bryja, J, Frith, K, Gaggiotti, OE, Galbusera, P, Godoy, JA, Hoelzel, AR, Nichols, RA, Primmer, CR, Russo, I-R, Segelbacher, G, Siegismund, HR, Sihvonen, M, Vernesi, C, Vila, C & Bruford, MW 2013, 'Bringing genetic diversity to the forefront of conservation policy and management' Conservation Genetics Resources, vol 5, no. 2, pp. 593-598. DOI: 10.1007/s12686-013-9859-y
Bellemain, E, Gaggiotti, OE, Fahey, A, Bermingham, E & Ricklefs, RE 2012, 'Demographic history and genetic diversity in West Indian Coereba flaveola populations' Genetica, vol 140, no. 4-6, pp. 137-148. DOI: 10.1007/s10709-012-9665-6
Beaumont, MA, Nielsen, R, Robert, C, Hey, J, Gaggiotti, O, Knowles, L, Estoup, A, Panchal, M, Corander, J, Hickerson, M, Sisson, SA, Fagundes, N, Chikhi, L, Beerli, P, Vitalis, R, Cornuet, J-M, Huelsenbeck, J, Foll, M, Yang, Z, Rousset, F, Balding, D & Excoffier, L 2010, 'In defence of model-based inference in phylogeography REPLY' Molecular Ecology, vol 19, no. 3, pp. 436-446. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2009.04515.x
Naderi, S, Rezaei, H-R, Pompanon, F, Blum, MGB, Negrini, R, Naghash, H-R, Balkiz, O, Mashkour, M, Gaggiotti, OE, Ajmone-Marsan, P, Kence, A, Vigne, J-D & Taberlet, P 2008, 'The goat domestication process inferred from large-scale mitochondrial DNA analysis of wild and domestic individuals' Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol 105, no. 46, pp. 17659-17664. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0804782105


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Scottish Oceans Institute
Institiud Chuantan na h-Alba
Gatty Marine Laboratory
East Sands St Andrews
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