Layton Lab

The Layton Lab is located at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen. Our research uses 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

BIOSCAN Underway

September 2022

Kara is involved in the BIOSCAN initiative led by the University of Guelph and will be collecting specimens and generating sequence data for this project over the next few years. Stay tuned!

Michelle's Fieldwork Highlights

August 2022

Michelle has recently returned from 8 weeks of fieldwork in Turks and Caicos investigating coral rubble bed diversity and ecology- check out some of the highlights in this video!


August 2022

Kara co-hosted a Biogeography symposium at the ESEB meeting in Prague alongside Nicky Lustenhouwer and Lesley Lancaster also from Aberdeen. We welcomed many fantastic invited and contributed speakers from across the world.


This builds on our satellite symposium from last year, which is available on YouTube!

Welcome new Honours students!

September 2022

We welcome Louise, Mhairi and Wiliam to the Layton Lab this month as they start their Honours projects. They'll be diving into questions about marine invertebrate diversity and evolution- stay tuned!


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Zoology Building, University of Aberdeen

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