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  • Finland

  • PL 56 (Viikinkaari 9)

    00014

    Finland

  • Viikinkaari 1, Biocentre 3

    00790 Helsinki

    Finland

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Curriculum vitae

Research

Understanding life history variation is a central theme in biology because various biological questions ultimately revolve around the causes and consequences of variation in reproduction and survival, i.e. fitness. Traditionally, a major tool in life-history research has been quantitative genetics because it provides an important statistical link between phenotype and genotype. However, the mechanisms by which evolution occurs may remain unclear unless such traditional approaches are combined with molecular investigations. Another complicating factor is that the fitness of male vs female life histories do not always align, and hence life history traits may be shaped by sexual conflict. This is why life-history approaches focusing on both quantifying the conflict and understanding its resolution at the genetic level are needed. My research currently addresses these themes using several salmonid fish species (Atlantic salmon and European grayling) as models. Examples of ongoing projects include:

i) Age at maturity in Atlantic salmon: molecular and ecological dissection of an adaptive trait;

ii) The genetic architecture of life-history variation: functional mechanisms & implications for evolution;

iii) Integrative science for adaptive co-management in the Arctic: Teno Atlantic salmon as a model system;

iv) The molecular mechanisms of rapid thermal adaptation in a European grayling meta-population.

Education/Academic qualification

Ecological Genetics, Adjunct Professor, University of Helsinki

Molecular Genetics, PhD, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Science, BSc (Hons), La Trobe University

Science, BSc, University of Melbourne

Keywords

  • 1181 Ecology, evolutionary biology
  • Evolutionary genetics
  • Ecological genetics
  • Conservation genetics
  • Population genetics
  • Salmonid fishes
  • 1184 Genetics, developmental biology, physiology
  • Molecular evolution
  • Systems biology

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.

Publications 2013 2019

Co-inheritance of sea age at maturity and iteroparity in the Atlantic salmon vgll3 genomic region

Aykanat, T., Ozerov, M., Vähä, J-P., Orell, P., Niemelä, E., Erkinaro, J. & Primmer, C. R., Apr 2019, In : Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 32, 4, p. 343-355 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Heritability estimation via molecular pedigree reconstruction in a wild fish population reveals substantial evolutionary potential for sea age at maturity, but not size within age classes

Reed, T. E., Prodohl, P., Bradley, C., Gilbey, J., McGinnity, P., Primmer, C. R. & Bacon, P. J., May 2019, In : Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 76, 5, p. 790-805 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Home ground advantage: Local Atlantic salmon have higher reproductive fitness than dispersers in the wild

Mobley, K. B., Granroth-Wilding, H., Ellmen, M., Vaha, J-P., Aykanat, T., Johnston, S. E., Orell, P., Erkinaro, J. & Primmer, C. R., Feb 2019, In : Science Advances. 5, 2, 8 p., 1112.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Life history variation across four decades in a diverse population complex of Atlantic salmon in a large subarctic river

Erkinaro, J., Czorlich, Y., Orell, P., Kuusela, J., Falkegård, M., Länsman, M., Pulkkinen, H., Primmer, C. R. & Niemelä, E., Jan 2019, In : Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 76, 1, p. 42-55 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

The Chromosome-Level Genome Assembly of European Grayling Reveals Aspects of a Unique Genome Evolution Process Within Salmonids

Sävilammi, T., Primmer, C. R., Varadharajan, S., Guyomard, R., Guiguen, Y., Sandve, S. R., Vollestad, L. A., Papakostas, S. & Lien, S., May 2019, In : G3 - Genes genomes genetics. 9, 5, p. 1283-1294 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Activities 2017 2018

  • 3 Invited talk
  • 1 Opponent of doctoral dissertation
  • 1 Membership or other role in national/international committee, council, board

Conservation genomics: why?

Craig Primmer (Invited speaker)
2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Salmonomics: looking towards the 20s

Craig Primmer (Keynote speaker)
2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

European Society for Evolutionary Biology (External organisation)

Craig Primmer (Board member)
20172019

Activity: Membership typesMembership or other role in national/international committee, council, board

Press / Media