Dr Tom White

Brief CV

Self-employed bioinformatician, 2014-

Post-doc, University of Bern, 2016-2017

Post-doc, University of Oulu, 2013-2014

Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellow, Cornell University/University of Bern, 2010-2013

Post-doc, Durham University, 2008-2010

PhD, “The genetics, ecology and evolution of island populations of 

the common shrew, Sorex araneus”, University of York, 2007

MRes Bioinformatics, University of York, 2003

BSc Biology, University of York, 2002

Research Interests

My main research interest has been in evolutionary population genetics, with a particular focus on how populations are able to survive and adapt to new environments despite being small or having passed through severe bottlenecks. During my PhD I studied the ecology, evolution and genetics of common shrews (Sorex araneus) on Scottish islands. During my Marie Curie Fellowship, I used next-generation sequencing to shed light on the selective and demographic history of the bank vole (Clethrionomys glareolus), in Ireland, where the population has been expanding its range since being introduced approximately 80 years ago. 

I am interested in studying hybrid zones for the light they can shed on the interaction of selection, dispersal and linkage, and the speciation process. I am currently involved in a number of projects studying hybrid zones in a variety of taxa. 

Grants awarded

 04/2011 3CPG (Cornell Center for Comparative and Population Genomics) Priming Grant $10,000 to set up a shared  resource for GBS (genotyping by sequencing) research
 03/2011 Linnean Society Percy Sladen Memorial Fund £500 to support fieldwork in Ireland
 10/2010 Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship €250,000 to fund three years of independent research
 Genetics Society Heredity Fieldwork Grant £1500 to support fieldwork in Ireland
 10/2004 NERC PhD studentship
 09/2002 BBSRC MRes studentship

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