Dr Josephine Paris

Post:Research Fellow (Evolution, Behaviour and Environment)

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I completed my PhD at the University of Exeter, where I investigated aspects of local adaptation in brown trout (Salmo trutta L.) populations to toxic metal pollution in Southwest England. I used a combination of genetic (microsats), genomic (RADseq & RNAseq) analyses, and physiology experiments to uncover the adaptive traits associated with metal tolerance. My PhD was supervised by Dr Jamie Stevens and Dr Eduarda Santos.

After my PhD, I worked on the tail-end of a Leverhulme Trust funded project assisting in the development of a rapid diagnostic test for Bd detection in amphibians using lateral flow technology. This project was in collaboration with Dr Michael Dillon, Dr Jamie Stevens, Prof Chris Thornton (Exeter), Dr Andrew Bowkett (Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust and Paignton Zoo).


Paris JR, Sherman KD, Bell E, Boulenger C, Delord C, El-Mahdi MBM, Fairfield EA, Griffiths AM, Gutmann Roberts C., Hedger RD, Holman LE, Hooper LH, Humphries NE, Katsiadaki I, King RA, Lemopoulos A, Payne CJ, Peirson G, Richter KK, Taylor MI, Trueman CN, Hayden B& Stevens JR (In press). Understanding and managing fish populations: keeping the toolbox fit for purpose. Journal of Fish Biology.

Ikediashi C*, Paris JR*, King RA, Beaumont WRC, Ibbotson A, Stevens JR (2018). Atlantic salmon Salmo salar L. in the chalk sreams of England are genetically unique. Journal of Fish Biology. doi: 10.1111/jfb.13538.

Paris JR, Stevens JR, Catchen JM (2017) Lost in parameter space: A road map for Stacks. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 8(10): 1360-1373.

Paris JR, King RA, Stevens JR (2015) Human mining activity across the ages determines the genetic structure of modern brown trout (Salmo trutta L.) populations. Evolutionary Applications, 8(6):573-585.

I am an active reviewer for Molecular Ecology, Molecular Ecology Resources, Ecology and Evolution, Gene.


I am a research fellow in the Fraser Lab (Dr Bonnie Fraser) working on a NERC-NSF funded project investigating ecological genomics of adaptive polymorphism in the Trinidadian guppy (Poecilia reticulata)

Postdoctoral Representative - EBE, Life Sciences

Coordinator - 500 Women Scientists Brighton Pod