Dr Susan Johnston

Royal Society University Research Fellow

  • Institute of Ecology and Evolution
  • School of Biology

Contact details



Ashworth Laboratories
Charlotte Auerbach Road

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2016 - 2025: Royal Society University Research Fellow

2013 - 2016: Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Edinburgh, UK.

2011 - 2012: Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Turku, Finland

2006 - 2010: PhD, University of Sheffield, UK.

Research summary

I am an Independent Research Fellow and group leader at the Institute of Evolutionary Biology at the University of Edinburgh. We use genomics to understand selection and evolution in wild and domesticated populations. We answer questions on the evolution of sexually-selected traits, immune responses, and meiotic recombination rates in various vertebrates, including sheep, deer, salmonid fish and passerine birds.

Current project grants

Royal Society: The evolution of sexual dimorphism in recombination rates (PI).

BBSRC: Integrated approach to genome evolution using the Drosophila model (Co-I)

Past project grants

Leverhulme: Mapping inbreeding depression in the wild (Co-I)

Royal Society: The evolution of recombination rates in natural populations (PI)

NERC: Causes and consequences of variation in maternal effects in the wild (Co-I)

Royal Society: Macro- and micro-evolution of recombination rate (PI)

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