PI: Kara Layton

Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Marine Biology

School of Biological Sciences

University of Aberdeen

Honorary Curatorial Fellow

Museums & Special Collections

University of Aberdeen

Research Associate

Collections & Research

Western Australian Museum

I received my B.Sc. in Marine and Freshwater Biology and M.Sc. in Integrative Biology from the University of Guelph (Canada). From there, I moved to Perth, Australia for my PhD in Marine Biology at the University of Western Australia and the Western Australian Museum. I then completed a postdoctoral fellowship through the Ocean Frontier Institute at Memorial University of Newfoundland and the Bedford Institute of Oceanography. I currently serve as a member of the ERGA Consortium, the MASTS Climate Change Forum and an ICES Working Group.

Outside of work I enjoy hiking, diving and yoga, and I'm often found on a beach with a set of binos and a good stout.


Simon Loughran
PhD Student

The evolution of the honeybee waggle dance
Lead supervisor: Fabio Manfredini


MSc Students

Brodie Thomas: Investigating the genetics and chemistry of sea lemon colour variation

Corinne McElhinney: Predicting future suitable habitat in Australian sea slugs


Lab alumni

Silvia Prieto, MSci:  How do prey preference and chemical acquisition shape dorid nudibranch phylogeny?


Join the Lab

Thank you for your interest in my lab. Prospective postdoctoral, graduate and honours candidates are welcome to contact me to discuss project ideas and funding availability. I'm happy to support external fellowship and scholarship opportunities for interested candidates.

Please check the Opportunities tab for available positions in my lab.




Nerida Wilson, Western Australian Museum

Lisa Kirkendale, Western Australian Museum

Mandy Reid, Australian Museum


Paul Hebert, University of Guelph

Ian Bradbury, Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Nick Jeffery, Fisheries and Oceans Canada


Greg Rouse, Scripps Institution of Oceanography


Julia Sigwart, Queen's University Marine Laboratory & Senckenberg Institute and Natural History Museum

Victoria Pritchard, University of the Highlands and Islands

Bernard Picton, National Museum of Northern Ireland