Dr Frank Hailer
I am an evolutionary biologist working at the interface of genomics, molecular ecology and conservation biology.
I am part of the Cardiff University Otter Project, where we study otters in the UK and beyond. We are using a diversity of scientific approaches, for example studying their exposure to environmental contaminants, antimicrobial resistance and their population structuring.
I serve as Reviews Editor for the journal Heredity (see here for submission guidelines: https://www.nature.com/hdy/authors-and-referees/gta) and as Associate Editor for Animal Conservation. Please feel free to get in touch if you're interested in submitting to these journals.
I also serve as Committee Member on the board of the Genetics Society UK, representing Population and Evolutionary Genetics.
- Module Leader BI3153 Evolution and Species Adaptation
- Organiser of Organisms and Environment departmental seminar series
- Safety co-ordinator for the Molecular Ecology labs
Interested in joining my research group?
I enjoy including students in my research. My research group offers various opportunities for undergraduate, Master's and PhD students, typically involving lab work and/or bioinformatics/statistical analysis. I am also happy to discuss with interested postdoc candidates about the potential to apply for funding from sources such as NERC, BBSRC, Marie-Sklodowska-Curie fellowships, etc.
If you are interested, please contact me by email.
|Since 2015||Lecturer, Cardiff University|
|2011-2014||Postdoc, Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (BiK-F), Senckenberg Research Institute & Goethe University Frankfurt|
|2007-2010||Postdoc, Smithsonian National Zoo, Center for Conservation and Evolutionary Genetics, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, USA|
|2006-2007||Postdoc, Department of Evolutionary Biology (EBC), Uppsala University, Sweden|
|2006||PhD, Evolutionary Genetics, Uppsala University, Sweden|
|2001||MSc, Biology, Uppsala University, Sweden|
|1998||Basic exam in Biology ('Vordiplom'), Marburg University, Germany|
After studies in biology at Marburg University (Germany), I completed my Master’s degree at Uppsala University (Sweden), where I continued to pursue PhD studies in the lab of Hans Ellegren and Carles Vilà (now at CSIC, Spain). My PhD work focused on conservation genetics of white-tailed eagles, but I also worked on other projects on dog domestication and canid population genetics. I then worked with Jennifer Leonard on hybridization of coyotes and wolves in North America. In 2007 I started a new postdoc with Rob Fleischer at the Smithsonian National Zoo. In 2010-2014 I worked at BiK-F in Axel Janke’s group, studying population genetics and adaptation of arctic vertebrates and their boreotemperate counterparts.
- Elected committee member of the Genetics Society UK (representing Area E: Evolutionary, ecological and population genetics)
- American Ornithological Society (AOS)
- European Soceity of Evolutionary Biology (ESEB)
Committees and reviewing
|Since 2018||Reviews Editor for Heredity|
|Since 2012||Associate Editor for Animal Conservation|
|2014 - 2017||Junior researcher representative on Goethe University Frankfurt's Graduate Academy (GRADE)|
|Peer reviewer for >40 journals [count updated in spring 2020] including PNAS, Molecular Biology and Evolution, Nature Ecology and Evolution, Molecular Ecology, Heredity, Nature Communications and Conservation Genetics|
- BI1003 Introduction to Conservation Biology
- BI1051 Genetics and Evolution
- BI2131 Animal Diversity and Adaptation
- BI2132 Genetics and its Applications
- BI2134 Ecology and Conservation (part B: field course 'Marine Conservation' on Borneo)
- BI3153 Evolution and Adaptation (module leader)
- BI3154 Biodiversity and Conservation
- BIT002 Research Techniques in Biosciences
Genetics and Genomics
My research interests are broad, focussing on surveying genetic variation within and among species to infer key processes in ecology and evolution, such as speciation, adaptation, introgression and population structuring. I am also interested in the causes and consequences of dispersal, mechanisms of loss or maintenance of genetic diversity, and disease ecology.
Understanding these processes often requires knowledge about population structure and phylogeographic history. Hence, my research traces the origin and fate of genetic variation within individuals to their populations and species, and continues deeper into phylogenetic time scales. In this context I find it particularly fascinating to see how independently inherited parts of the genome reflect different aspects of present and past processes.
In my research I have studied a wide range of taxa, including bears, eagles, various species of tropical seabirds, wolves, coyotes and dogs, turtles, fruit flies, lynxes, elephants etc., spanning arctic to tropical habitats.
Ecology and Conservation
In my group we also use a variety of field-based or other (non-genetic) approaches to study biodiversity, for example:
I currently supervise/co-supervise the following PhD students: