Michael Scott

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Key Research Interests and Expertise

Organisms display diverse adaptions to different environments but, surprisingly, they also vary in the way they respond to selection. Specifically, the different ways genetic material is transmitted and expressed will affect evolutionary responses. 

My motivation is to understand how alternative systems of inheritance influence responses to selection. I am currently focussed on selection during the haploid phase (e.g., pollen and sperm competition) and how this interacts with different mating systems. I am also interested in the implications for artificial selection (breeding). 

I use a combination of genomic sequence data analysis and mathematical modelling techniques.

Career

  • PhD, University of British Columbia, supervised by Sally Otto, Mathematical Models of Life Cycle Evolution.
  • Research Associate, University College London, supervised by Richard Mott, genomic basis of trait change in ancient and modern polyploid wheat.