PhD Matthew OliverI am broadly interested in evolutionary and ecological research, but have a particular interest in understanding the ecological significance of adaptive genetic diversity. How does variation at adaptive genes influence individual fitness and adaptive potential and hence population viability? My research spans molecular ecology, conservation genetics, spatial dynamics and wildlife management. To date my work has focussed on investigating the processes underlying variation at MHC genes in the water vole (Arvicola terrestris), and using large scale approaches and genetic tools to explore community dynamics and dispersal, and thereby inform management strategies for the control of the invasive American mink (Neovison vison). My current work will combine stable isotope, genetic, and disease data, to characterise how natural selection acts upon American mink as they make the transition across the invasion gradient from farm to breeding in the wild.
Bryce, R., Oliver, M.K., Davies, L., Gray, H., Urquhart, J., Lambin, X. (2010) Turning back the tide of American mink invasion at an unprecedented scale through community participationand adaptive management. Biol. Conserv. (2010), doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2010.10.013
Oliver, M.K. Piertney, S.B. (2010) Beyond splitting hares and rabbiting on about major histocompatibility complex complexity. Molecular Ecology (19): 4099 – 4011.
Oliver, M.K. Luque-Larena, J., Lambin, X. (2009) Do rabbits eat voles? Apparent competition, habitat heterogeneity, and large-scale coexistence under mink predation. Ecology Letters (12): 1201 – 1209.
Oliver, M.K. Telfer, S. and Piertney, S.B. (2009). Major histocompatibility complex (MHC) heterozygote superiority to natural multi-parasite infections in the water vole (Arvicola terrestris). Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (276):1119-1128.
Oliver, M.K. Lambin, X. Cornulier, T. Piertney, S.B. (2009) Spatio-temporal variation in the strength and mode of selection acting on major histocompatibility complex diversity in water vole (Arvicola terrestris) metapopulations. Molecular Ecology (18):80-92.
Oliver, M.K. Piertney, S.B. (2006) Isolation and characterisation of a MHC class II DRB locus in the European water vole (Arvicola terrestris). Immunogenetics (58): 390-395.
Piertney, S.B. Oliver, M.K. (2005) The evolutionary ecology of the MHC. Heredity (96): 7-21.
Manuscripts in review:
Oliver, M.K., Piertney, S.B. In review Selection maintains functional genetic diversity through a population bottleneck.
Lambin, X., Le Bouille, D., Oliver, M.K., Sutherland, C., Tedesco, E., Douglas, A. Book chapter High connectivity despite high fragmentation: iterated dispersal in a vertebrate metapopulation.
University of Aberdeen (Honorary status)