Craig Primmer

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Further information on the affiliationCo-affiliation with Biotechnology Institute

Curriculum Vitae

Research

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. Behind The Paper: Detecting rapid evolution in salmon: the importance of citizen science and evolving study designs

    Primmer, C. R., 1 Oct 2018, In : Nature Ecology & Evolution.

    Research output: Contribution to journalOther articlesScientific

  2. Rapid sex-specific evolution of age at maturity is shaped by genetic architecture in Atlantic salmon

    Czorlich, Y., Aykanat, T., Erkinaro, J., Orell, P. & Primmer, C. R., 1 Oct 2018, In : Nature Ecology & Evolution. 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  3. Genomic signatures of fine-scale local selection in Atlantic salmon suggest involvement of sexual maturation, energy homeostasis and immune defence-related genes

    Pritchard, V. L., Makinen, H., Vähä, J-P., Erkinaro, J., Orell, P. & Primmer, C. R., Jun 2018, In : Molecular Ecology. 27, 11, p. 2560-2575 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Latest activities

  1. Conservation genomics: why?

    Primmer, C. (Invited speaker)
    2018

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

  2. Salmonomics: looking towards the 20s

    Primmer, C. (Keynote speaker)
    2018

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

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Education

Academy Professor

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