Craig Primmer


Further information on the affiliationCo-affiliation with Biotechnology Institute

Curriculum Vitae


Understanding life history variation is a central theme in biology because various biological questions ultimately revolve around the causes and consequences of variation in reproduction and survival, i.e. fitness. Traditionally, a major tool in life-history research has been quantitative genetics because it provides an important statistical link between phenotype and genotype. However, the mechanisms by which evolution occurs may remain unclear unless such traditional approaches are combined with molecular investigations. Another complicating factor is that the fitness of male vs female life histories do not always align, and hence life history traits may be shaped by sexual conflict. This is why life-history approaches focusing on both quantifying the conflict and understanding its resolution at the genetic level are needed. My research currently addresses these themes using several salmonid fish species (Atlantic salmon and European grayling) as models. Examples of ongoing projects include:

i) Age at maturity in Atlantic salmon: molecular and ecological dissection of an adaptive trait;

ii) The genetic architecture of life-history variation: functional mechanisms & implications for evolution;

iii) Integrative science for adaptive co-management in the Arctic: Teno Atlantic salmon as a model system;

iv) The molecular mechanisms of rapid thermal adaptation in a European grayling meta-population.

Latest publications

  1. Non-invasive genetic monitoring involving citizen science enables reconstruction of current pack dynamics in a re-establishing wolf population

    Granroth-Wilding, H., Primmer, C., Lindqvist, M., Poutanen, J., Thalmann, O., Aspi, J., Harmoinen, J., Kojola, I. & Laaksonen, T. 19 Dec 2017 In : BMC Ecology. 17, 44, 15 p., 44

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

  2. Harnessing the Power of Genomics to Secure the Future of Seafood

    Bernatchez, L., Wellenreuther, M., Araneda, C., Ashton, D. T., Barth, J. M. I., Beacham, T. D., Maes, G. E., Martinsohn, J. T., Miller, K. M., Naish, K. A., Ovenden, J. R., Primmer, C. R., Suk, H. Y., Therkildsen, N. O. & Withler, R. E. Sep 2017 In : Trends in Ecology & Evolution. 32, 9, p. 665-680 16 p.

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewReview Article

  3. Rapid, broad-scale gene expression evolution in experimentally harvested fish populations

    Uusi-Heikkilä, S., Sävilammi, T., Leder, E., Arlinghaus, R. & Primmer, C. R. Aug 2017 In : Molecular Ecology. 26, 15, p. 3954-3967 14 p.

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

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Academy Professor

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