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Dr Domino Joyce

Senior Lecturer

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • Department of Biological and Marine Sciences

Undergraduate

I teach a combination of genetics, behaviour and evolution, which reflects my research interests perfectly. I also lead our first year Science Communication module, and join our final year Field Studies scientific diving trip to somewhere with tropical coral reefs (e.g. Malaysia).

First year: Ecology and Evolution, Science Communication*

Second year: Genetic Analysis, Evolutionary Biology

Third year: Sex and Social Behaviour*, Field Studies*

*module lead

Journal Article

The Genomic Substrate for Adaptive Radiation: Copy Number Variation across 12 Tribes of African Cichlid Species

Faber-Hammond, J. J., Bezault, E., Lunt, D. H., Joyce, D. A., & Renn, S. C. P. (2019). The Genomic Substrate for Adaptive Radiation: Copy Number Variation across 12 Tribes of African Cichlid Species. Genome Biology and Evolution, 11(10), 2856-2874. https://doi.org/10.1093/gbe/evz185

Interactive lectures: Clickers or personal devices"

Morrell, L. J., & Joyce, D. A. (2015). Interactive lectures: Clickers or personal devices?. F1000Research, 4, 64. https://doi.org/10.12688/f1000research.6207.1

Secondary contact seeds phenotypic novelty in cichlid fishes

Nichols, P., Genner, M. J., van Oosterhout, C., Smith, A., Parsons, P., Sungani, H., …Joyce, D. A. (2015). Secondary contact seeds phenotypic novelty in cichlid fishes. Proceedings. the Royal Society. Biological sciences /, 282(1798), https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2014.2272

Quantifying mating success of territorial males and sneakers in a bower-building cichlid fish

Magalhaes, I. S., Smith, A. M., & Joyce, D. A. (2017). Quantifying mating success of territorial males and sneakers in a bower-building cichlid fish. Scientific reports, 7(1), doi:10.1038/srep41128

The genomic basis of cichlid fish adaptation within the deepwater “twilight zone” of Lake Malawi

Hahn, C., Genner, M. J., Turner, G. F., & Joyce, D. A. (2017). The genomic basis of cichlid fish adaptation within the deepwater “twilight zone” of Lake Malawi. Evolution Letters, 1(4), 184-198. https://doi.org/10.1002/evl3.20

Research interests

I'm interested in the behavioural and genomic adaptations of animals (primarily freshwater fishes). Primarily this is because these adaptations can lead to the formation of new species, and understanding how species evolve is of fundamental importance to biodiversity and conservation. I use haplochromine cichlid fishes to study this. I'm also interested in the role that anthropogenic pressures can exert which may lead to evolutionary change in populations over time, and this includes research on Atlantic salmon.

Project

Funder

Grant

Started

Status

Project

Fish adaptation to depth: alternative splicing in the twilight zone?

Funder

Fisheries Society of the British Isles

Grant

£1,000.00

Started

28 May 2018

Status

Complete

Postgraduate supervision

We’re looking to recruit three PhD students to join our “Happy Chemical Cluster” and work with us on Animal Behaviour and/or Molecular Biology.

There is a possible role for serotonin in the sand-castle building behaviour of cichlid fishes, behaviour carried out by males to attract females. We seek to experimentally test how inhibiting the serotonin pathway with drugs could impact the skill of males, and the mating preference of the females. As well as showing how pollution could affect mating behaviour under different climate change scenarios, this could also demonstrate a mechanism by which the serotonin pathway generates reproductive isolation and leads to the formation of new species, a completely novel mechanism for generating biodiversity.

The primary focus of one of the PhD projects is cichlid fish behaviour, but there is the possibility to develop the project according to your interests, and to include molecular genetics, CRISPR/cas9 gene editing, and bioinformatics. We are looking for a student who can demonstrate academic excellence in Biology (or similar degree), including animal behaviour, and experimental design and analysis.