Gene mapping in Passerines

Many of the most illuminating studies of natural and sexual selection in the wild have been conducted on intensively monitored passerine populations. However there have been no attempts to identify the genes that influence fitness-related and sexually-selected traits because no passerine species has a genetic map. The aim of this project is to demonstrate that avian genomes can be mapped using existing public genomic databases and resources. We will initiate the construction of maps in four intensively studied passerine species by utilising the rapidly accruing DNA sequence data available for the distantly related domestic chicken, Gallus gallus.


Jessica Stapley (2007-present)

Alex Ball (2007-2009)

Matt Hale (PhD student) (2003-2007)


Dr Jon Slate

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This project is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (