Layton Lab

The Layton Lab is located at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen. Our research uses field and lab systems alongside genomic tools to resolve systematic and biogeographic patterns in marine taxa, to identify drivers of marine speciation and adaptation and to predict how biodiversity will respond to future climate change. The group has a particular interest in improving genomic resources for marine invertebrates and in continuing efforts to document global biodiversity.


Layton Lab News

ESEB Satellite Symposium: Phylogenetics & Biogeography

November 15, 2021

Last week I co-hosted an ESEB satellite symposium with Dr. Nicky Lustenhouwer (UC Santa Cruz) and Dr. Lesley Lancaster (UoA) discussing the impact of phylogenetic uncertainty on biogeographic inference. The session is now available on YouTube!

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The Layton Lab welcomes its first cohort of PhD students!

October 01, 2021

Ethan Ross will be surveying Scotland's seagrass-associated biodiversity with barcoding & metabarcoding. Victoria Gillman will use genomics & modelling to identify drivers of decline in Scotland's pearl mussel populations. Michelle Taylor will investigate the ecology, diversity and connectivity of Caribbean coral rubble beds. Zalina Bashir will be modelling connectivity & range dynamics of sharks in Malaysia's marine protected areas.

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Check out our interview with CBC discussing the findings from our new paper

January 18, 2021

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New paper investigating climate-linked loss in an Arctic fish published in Nature Climate Change

January 11, 2021

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Our work on mimicry in Chromodoris nudibranchs made the cover of Ecology and Evolution!

November 13, 2020

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Zoology Building, University of Aberdeen

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