Susan Johnston


Dr Susan E. Johnston
Royal Society University Research Fellow
Institute of Evolutionary Biology
University of Edinburgh
United Kingdom


My research interests centre on using genomic information to understand selection and evolution in wild and domesticated populations. Common themes include determining the genetic architecture of traits using genome scans, understanding why genetic variation persists in traits despite strong selection, and most recently, the evolutionary importance of recombination rate variation at different evolutionary timescales. I answer these questions using data from various vertebrate species, including domestic sheep, red deer, Atlantic salmon and house sparrows.

Academic History:

Royal Society University Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh (2016-2022)
Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Edinburgh (2013 – 2016).
Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Turku, Finland (2011 – 2012).
PhD, University of Sheffield (2010).
MSc, University of Edinburgh (2006).
BSc (Hons), University of St Andrews (2005).