Prof Oscar Gaggiotti

MASTS Professor

Bute  E38
tel. 01334 463513

Oscar Gaggiotti is a MASTS professor. His research focuses on the study of spatial patterns of genetic diversity to better understand the evolutionary and ecological processes responsible for their origin and maintenance. To this end he develops ecologically realistic population genetics theory and methods using a framework based on the metapopulation paradigm and Bayesian statistics.

With his research group he has developed several statistical approaches that can simultaneously utilize the information provided by different types of data (genetic, demographic, environmental) and has applied them to two research problems:

  • Statistical inference of the demographic history and ecology of populations,
  • Study of local adaptation to understand the molecular bases of phenotypic variation.


Editorial Boards

Associate Editor, Methods in Ecology and Evolution (2014-current)

Associate Editor, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (2013-current)

Reviews Editor, Heredity (2011-current)

Board of Reviewing Editors, Journal of Evolutionary Biology (2010-2015)

Subject Editor, Molecular Ecology Resources (2009-2014)

Associate Editor and Deputy Section Editor, BMC Genetics (2009-2013)



Wiberg, RAW, Gaggiotti, OE, Morrissey, MB & Ritchie, MG 2017, 'Identifying consistent allele frequency differences in studies of stratified populations' Methods in Ecology and Evolution, vol Early View. DOI: 10.1111/2041-210X.12810
Gaggiotti, OE 2017, 'Metapopulation of marine species with larval dispersal: a counterpoint to Ilkka's Glanville fritillary metapopulations' Annales Zoologici Fennici, vol 54, no. 1-4, pp. 97-112.
Christie, M, Meirmans, P, Gaggiotti, OE, Toonen, R & White, C 2017, 'Disentangling the relative merits and disadvantages of parentage analysis and assignment tests for inferring population connectivity' ICES Journal of Marine Science, vol Advance articles. DOI: 10.1093/icesjms/fsx044
Robledo-Arnuncio, JJ & Gaggiotti, OE 2017, 'Estimating contemporary migration rates: effect and joint inference of inbreeding, null alleles and mistyping' Journal of Ecology, vol 105, no. 1, pp. 49-62. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12680
Gomez Fernandez, MJ, Boston, ESM, Gaggiotti, OE, Kittlein, MJ & Mirol, PM 2016, 'Influence of environmental heterogeneity on the distribution and persistence of a subterranean rodent in a highly unstable landscape' Genetica, vol 144, no. 6, pp. 711-722. DOI: 10.1007/s10709-016-9937-7
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