PhD Eleanor Patricia JonesAll animals carry information in their genetic make up about the neutral and selective forces that have shaped them and their populations, so by looking at the genetics of current animal populations we see what the history of their population has been. Ideally, we can reconstruct the origin of the population (which other populations it is closely related to) and look at how the populations have changed size over time. I’m interested in both how populations have been shaped by climatic and geographic changes during and since the last major glaciation events, a topic I am working on in at the Mammal Research Institute at Białowieża, and in how recent events have affected animal populations. A question which people keep coming back to is whether common patterns exist across species in how they have reacted to these climatic events; a priori, it might be expected that they have.
One of my main interests is whatanimals which have ‘tagged along’ with humans can tell us about the humans they travelled with, with a focus on how the house mouse (Mus musculus domesticus) spread in northern Europe. These animals are small, brown and inconspicuous (unless they invade your food store, in which case they become rather noticeable) but carry a wealth of information about who they first travelled with, able only to settle in placeswith larger human settlements and some form of agriculture (at some point, I will stop putting “of mice and men” into my paper titles).I am also interested in how the house mice is genetically partitioned into different ‘units’: populations, chromosomal races, subspecies, and how these units can (and cannot) interact.
I have previously worked at the University of Uppsala, studying the genomic interactions between two house mouse subspecies. I did my PhD and a short post-doc at the University of York, UK, with Prof Jeremy Searleon the house mouse in northern Europe, looking at colonisation history and hybridisation.I previously worked as an ecological consultant, mostly conducting surveys for bats and great crested newts but also spending many interesting days and nights trapping small mammals and radio tracking bats across the countryside, learning a great deal about wildlife and wildlife survey methods.
Peer reviewed papers
Jones EP, Skirnisson K, McGovern TH, Gilbert MTP, Willerslev E, Searle JB (2012) Fellow travellers: a concordance of colonization patterns between mice and men in the North Atlantic region. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 12, 35.
Wang B, Ekblom R, Castoe TA, Jones EP, Kozma R, Bongcam-Rudloff E, Pollock DD and Höglund H (2012) Transcriptome sequencing of black grouse (Tetraotetrix) for immune gene discovery and microsatellite development. Open Biology, 2(4): 120054.
Jones EP, Jensen J-K, Magnussen E, Gregersen N, Hansen H and Searle JB (2011) A molecular characterization of the charismatic Faroe house mouse. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 102, 471-482.
Jones EP, van der Kooij J, Solheim R and Searle JB (2010) Norwegian house mice (Mus musculus musculus/domesticus): distributions, routes of colonization and patterns of hybridization. Molecular Ecology, 19, 5252-5264.
Jones EP, Jóhannesdóttir F, Gündüz İ, Richards MB and Searle JB (2010) The expansion of the house mouse into North-western Europe. Journal of Zoology, 283, 257–268,.
Gabriel SI, Johannesdottir F, Jones EP and Searle JB (2010) Colonization, mouse-style. BMC Biology, 8, 131.
Searle JB, Jones C S, Gündüz İ, Scascitelli M, Jones EP, Herman JS, Rambau RV, Noble LR, Berry S, Giménez MD and Jóhannesdóttir F (2009) Of mice and (Viking?) men: phylogeography of British and Irish house mice. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 276, 201–207.
Searle JB, Jamieson PM, Gündüz I, Stevens MI, Jones EP, Gemmill CE. and King CM (2009) The diverse origins of New Zealand house mice. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 276, 209-217.
Douglas AE, Price DRG, Minto LB, Jones E, Pescod KV, Francois CLMJ, Pritchard J, Boonham N (2006) Sweet problems: insect traits defining the limits to dietary sugar utilisation by the pea aphid, Acyrthosiphonpisum. Journal of Experimental Biology, 209, 1395-1403.
Latham D, Jones EP and Fasham M “Amphibians” and Bennett A, Ratcliffe P, Jones EP, Mansfield H and Sands R “Other mammals” In Handbook of Biodiversity Methods (2005) eds. Hill D, Fasham M, Tucker G, Shewry M and Shaw P, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
Jones EP (2009) Early house mice (Mus musculus) in the New World? Genetics Society News, January, 60, 36-37.
Jones EP (2008) Of mice and Vikings: the phylogeography of the house mouse. Mammal News, 152, 18-19.