Dr Anna Muir

Lecturer in Conservation Biology

I am the programme leader for BSc Conservation Biology and my lecturing and research focuses on conservation genetics. I use population genetic techniques to understand the current and potential impacts of anthropogenic change at population and species level in order to form effective conservation strategies.

Overview

My research has involved assessing the potential impacts of climate change on amphibians and reef-building marine invertebrates, during my PhD at the University of Glasgow and as a postdoctoral researcher at the European Marine Institute (IUEM) in Brittany, France. My current research projects include assessing the conservation status and population structure of the endangered Eld's deer in Cambodia and of the long-finned pilot whale around the British Isles. I have also worked for conservation charities both in the UK and Ecuador, where I predominantly focussed on amphibian conservation and sustainable development projects. Much of my research involves collaborations with conservation organisations including the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group, and Cheshire Wildlife Trust.

 

Teaching

I am the programme leader for BSc Conservation Biology and module leader for the undergraduate modules, Applied Conservation Genetics and Wildlife Crime and Conservation. I also teach on a number of other undergraduate modules including Genetics and Evolution, Global Biodiversity, Population Biology, Conservation Technologies, and at postgraduate level on the MRes dissertation module and Wildlife Research Methods. I supervise a number of undergraduate dissertations each year, predominantly on conservation genetic and amphibian conservation projects. 

            

Research

Current projects:

Rachel Ball (Research Assistant) “Using conservation genetics to assess the conservation status of Eld’s deer (Rucervus eldii) in the Eastern Plains of Cambodia” WWF collaboration grant

Kate Peters (PhD student) “Molecular phylogeny and genetic diversity of the critically endangered Grenada dove (Leptotila wellsi)” University of Chester Development funding

Ashleigh Kitchiner (MRes student) “Phylogeography of the long-finned pilot whale (Globicephala melas)around Ireland”

Susie Phillips (MRes student) “The genetics of reintroductions: the natterjack toad (Epidalea calamita) around the Dee Estuary”

 

Previous projects: 

Sammie Wilkes (MRes) “The feasibility of non-invasive faecal DNA swabbing in ungulates from a tropical climate”

Rachel Ball (MRes) “Assessing the mitochondrial phylogeography of long-finned pilot whales (Globicephala melas) stranded around the British Isles, with evidence of new haplotypes”

If you are interested in joining the lab group please do not hesitate to contact me.

Further information

http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Anna_Muir

Published work

Muir AP, Nunes FLD, Dubois SF, Pernet F (2016) Lipid remodelling in the reef- building honeycomb worm, Sabellaria alveolata, reflects acclimation and local adaptation to temperature. Scientific Reports, 6:35669, 1–10. DOI: 10.1038/srep35669

Muir, A.P., Kilbride, E. and Mable, B.K (2015) Spatial variation in species composition of Saprolegnia, a parasitic oomycete of amphibian eggs. The Herpetological Journal, 25(4), 257-263

Muir, A.P., Biek, R. and Mable, B.K. (2014) Adapting to low-temperature environments: behavioural and physiological responses facilitate survival at high-altitude in the common frog, Rana temporaria. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 14, 110

Muir A.P., Biek R., Thomas R. & Mable B.K. (2014) Local adaptation with high gene flow: temperature parameters drive adaptation to altitude in the common frog (Rana temporaria). Molecular Ecology, 23(3), 561-574.

Muir A.P., Thomas R., Biek R. & Mable B.K. (2013) Using genetic variation to infer associations with climate in the common frog, Rana temporaria. Molecular Ecology, 22(14), 3737-3751.

Muir A.P, and Muir M.C.A. (2011) A New Rapid Assessment Technique for Amphibians: Introduction of the Species List Technique from San José de Payamino, Ecuador. Herpetological Review, 42, 149- 151.

Royan A,, Muir A.P, and Downie J.R. (2010) Variability in escape trajectory in the Trinidadian stream frog and two treefrogs at different life-history stages. Canadian Journal of Zoology, 88(9), 922-934.

Downie J.R., Hancock E.G. and Muir A.P. (2010) The diet of the paradoxical frog Pseudis paradoxa in Trinidad, West Indies. The Herpetological Journal, 20(2), 111-114.