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Dr Katharina Wollenberg Valero

Lecturer

Faculty and Department

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

Summary

Dr Valero has a background in evolutionary genetics and a strong interest in interdisciplinary problem-solving.

Her current research seeks to understand the functional genomics of the organismal stress response, in the context of climate adaptation, climate change, and environment-disease relationships.

Journal Article

Environmental temperatures shape thermal physiology as well as diversification and genome-wide substitution rates in lizards

García-Porta, J., Irisarri, I., Kirchner, M., Rodriguez, A., Kirchhof, S., Brown, J. L., …Wollenberg Valero, K. C. (2019). Environmental temperatures shape thermal physiology as well as diversification and genome-wide substitution rates in lizards. Nature communications, 10, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-019-11943-x

Transcriptomic Signatures of Experimental Alkaloid Consumption in a Poison Frog

Sanchez, E., Rodríguez, A., Grau, J. H., Lötters, S., Künzel, S., Saporito, R. A., …Vences, M. (2019). Transcriptomic Signatures of Experimental Alkaloid Consumption in a Poison Frog. Genes, 10(10), 733. https://doi.org/10.3390/genes10100733

Saxitoxin and tetrodotoxin bioavailability increases in future oceans

Roggatz, C. C., Fletcher, N., Benoit, D. M., Algar, A. C., Doroff, A., Wright, B., …Hardege, J. D. (2019). Saxitoxin and tetrodotoxin bioavailability increases in future oceans. Nature Climate Change, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41558-019-0589-3

Plant phenology supports the multi-emergence hypothesis for ebola spillover events

Wollenberg Valero, K. C., Douglas, N. E., Isokpehi, R. D., Johnson, B., McGill, A., Sivasundaram, S., & Wootson, K. (2018). Plant phenology supports the multi-emergence hypothesis for ebola spillover events. EcoHealth, 15(3), 497–508. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10393-017-1288-z

Ecomorphological Variation in Three Species of Cybotoid Anoles

Kahrl, A. F., Ivanov, B. M., Valero, K. C. W., & Johnson, M. A. (2018). Ecomorphological Variation in Three Species of Cybotoid Anoles. Herpetologica, 74(1), 29-37. https://doi.org/10.1655/Herpetologica-D-17-00040

Other

Plant phenology supports the multi-emergence hypothesis for Ebola spillover events

Wollenberg Valero, K. C., Isokpehi, R., Douglas, N. E., Sivasundaram, S., Johnson, B., Wootson, K., & McGill, A. (2017). Plant phenology supports the multi-emergence hypothesis for Ebola spillover events

Report

Mechanisms of speciation in reptiles and amphibians: a synopsis

Marshall, J. C., Bastiaans, E., Caccone, A., Camargo, A., Morando, M., Niemiller, M. L., …Steinfartz, S. (2018). Mechanisms of speciation in reptiles and amphibians: a synopsis

Postgraduate supervision

Applications from prospective PhD, MSc by Research (MRes) students or research fellows are welcome at any time. In particular, expressions of interest and applications in the following areas of research are invited:

- Molecular stress and molecular adaptation

- Organismal adaptation to climate change

- Evolutionary inference using genomic and transcriptomic data

- Interdisciplinary research intersecting genetics, bioinformatics, modelling and fieldwork in any combination

- Comparative projects focusing on vertebrate ectotherms (fish, reptiles, amphibians)

- Quantitative expertise development in STEM education