Elizabeth Bourne

Postdoc – genetic diverstity and adaptation

Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries/ FU Berlin

Research interests:

Local adaptation, adaptation to changing environments and environmental stress, resource use, conservation genetics, genetic profiling of communities

Contact info:

Phone: +49 30 83859968
E-mail: bourne@igb-berlin.de

Curriculum Vitae

2014 – today
Post doc on the genetic diversity of aquatic fungi (Mycolink), IGB and BeGenDiv, Berlin.
2013 – 2014
Research assistant, The James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen, U.K.
Investigated fungal community responses to the restoration of peatland within Scotland, using 454 technology based on RNA profiles, with Rebekka Artz.
2011 – 2013
Post doc research associate, Freie Universitaet Berlin and University of Coimbra, Portugal.
Investigated the adaptation of fungi to local soil environment, conducting phenotypic profiling using growth studies, with the ultimate aim to link this with genetic and genomic variation in natural populations of the fungal species Cenococcum geophilum. FCT Funded, with Ludo Muller and Susana Goncalves.
2010 – 2011
Research Assistant, The James Hutton Institute and University of Aberdeen, U.K.
Field and laboratory work to understand the factors contributing to invasiveness in Lavatera arborea. NERC funding, with Dr Rene van der Waal and Dr Louise Ross.
2006 – 2010
PhD in Ecology, The James Hutton Institute and University of Aberdeen, U.K.
Thesis: Plant local adaptation and environmental change: patterns, processes and impacts (with Prof R. Brooker, Prof R. Pakeman, Dr J.Travis).

Selected Publications

Bourne EC, Bocedi G, Travis JMJ, Pakeman RJ, Brooker RW and Schiffers K (2014).

Between migration load and evolutionary rescue: dispersal, adaptation and the response of spatially structured populations to environmental change

Proceedings of the Royal Society B 281:20132795.

Bourne EC, Mina D, Loureiro J, Goncalves S, Freitas H and Muller L (2013).

Large and variable genome size unrelated to serpentine adaptation but supportive of cryptic sexuality in Cenococcum geophilum

Mycorrhiza 24:13-20

Schiffers ,Bourne EC, Lavergne S, Thuiller W and Travis JMJ (2013).

Limited evolutionary rescue of locally adapted populations facing climate change

Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 388:20120083

Turner TL, Bourne, EC,von Wettberg E, Hu TT and Nuzhdin SV (2010).

Population resequencing reveals local adaptation of Arabidopsis lyrata to serpentine soils

Nature Genetics 42:260–263.