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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

Patterns, mechanisms and genetics of speciation in reptiles and amphibians

Wollenberg Valero, K. C., Marshall, J. C., Bastiaans, E., Caccone, A., Camargo, A., Morando, M., …Steinfartz, S. (2019). Patterns, mechanisms and genetics of speciation in reptiles and amphibians. Genes, 10(9), https://doi.org/10.3390/genes10090646

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, 9(11), 840-844. 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

Project

Funder

Grant

Started

Status

Project

The role of genomic networks in adaptation to changing environments

Funder

Royal Society

Grant

£19,793.00

Started

27 March 2019

Status

Ongoing

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