1965 Ph.D., Department of Genetics, University of Edinburgh
1979 Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh
1985 Fellow of the Royal Society
1965-1983 Lecturer, Reader in Genetics, University of Edinburgh
1983-2002 Professor of Animal Genetics
2003-Present Emeritus Professor of Animal Genetics
I undertake theoretical studies on population and quantitative genetics and on their application to animal improvement and to understanding of evolution. I no longer maintain any lab or experiments. Much research is in collaboration with the Roslin Institute, SAC, the animal breeding industry and groups elsewhere, including those of Weir in Seattle and Visscher in Brisbane. I am interested in what maintains variation in complex traits within populations, both the genetic and the environmental components, and in particular the role of mutations. Thus we are developing theory aimed at explaining levels of, for example, heritability, and in considering breeding programmes which influence the homogeneity of livestock products. My other research is primarily on inferences about population structure using marker data, particularly on linked loci, including development of theory and analytical methods.
Students', colleagues' and research partners' experience about work and accomplishments from collaborating with Robin Thompson
Effect of heterogeneity in recombination rate on variation in realised relationship
Is continued denetic improvement of livestock sustainable?
Genetic contributions to variation in general cognitive function
Variation in actual relationship among descendants of inbred individuals
FTO genotype is associated with phenotypic variability of body mass index
Can more be learned from selection experiments of value in animal breeding programmes? Or is it time for an obituary?
Variation in actual relationship as a consequence of Mendelian sampling and linkage
Inheritance of hatchability in broiler chickens and its relationship to egg quality traits
Contributions of genetic and environmental components to changes in phenotypic variation between generations
Change and maintenance of variation in quantitative traits in the context of the Price equation
Understanding and using quantitative genetic variation
Genetic analysis of environmental variation
What Animal Breeding Has Taught Us about Evolution
Estimation of genetic variation in residual variance in female and male broiler chickens
The Limits of Individual Identification from Sample Allele Frequencies: Theory and Statistical Analysis
Additive Genetic Variability and the Bayesian Alphabet
The Third International Conference of Quantitative Genetics
The effect of footrot on weight gain in sheep.
Genetic variation and quantitative trait loci associated with developmental stability and the environmental correlation between traits in maize