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)



de Villemereuil, P, Mouterde, M, Gaggiotti, OE & Till-Buttraud, I 2018, 'Patterns of phenotypic plasticity and local adaptation in the wide elevation range of the alpine plant Arabis alpina' Journal of Ecology, vol. 106, no. 5, pp. 1952–1971.
Gaggiotti, OE, Chao, A, Peres-Neto, P, Chiu, C-H, Edwards, C, Fortin, M-J, Jost, L, Richards, C & Selkoe, K 2018, 'Diversity from genes to ecosystems: a unifying framework to study variation across biological metrics and scales' Evolutionary Applications, vol. 11, no. 7, pp. 1176-1193.
Jost, L, Archer, F, Flanagan, S, Gaggiotti, O, Hoban, S & Latch, E 2018, 'Differentiation measures for conservation genetics' Evolutionary Applications, vol. 11, no. 7, pp. 1139-1148.
Carroll, EL, Alderman, R, Bannister, JL, Bérube, M, Best, PB, Boren, L, Baker, CS, Constantine, R, Findlay, K, Harcourt, R, Lemaire, L, Palsbøll, PJ, Patenaude, NJ, Rowntree, VJ, Seger, J, Steel, D, Valenzuela, LO, Watson, M & Gaggiotti, OE 2018, 'Incorporating non-equilibrium dynamics into demographic history inferences of a migratory marine species' Heredity.
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. 8, no. 12, pp. 1899-1909.
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