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Department of Biosciences

Academic Staff

Professor AR Hoelzel

Professor in the Department of Biosciences
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 41325
Fax: +44-334 1201

Contact Professor AR Hoelzel (email at a.r.hoelzel@durham.ac.uk)

Biography

Research in the Molecular Ecology Group covers a wide range of studies and species, but our focus is on evolutionary process and genetic structure in natural populations. We use modern and ancient DNA markers to better understand the mechanisms that underlie the evolution of population structure and population dynamics in the context of ecological factors and changing environments. We use similar approaches to investigate the relationship between genetic diversity and fitness, and to better understand the role of individual behaviour in these processes. We apply this work to the development of more effective conservation strategies, and to improve our understanding of the origin and evolution of biodiversity within and among populations.

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Research Groups

Research Interests

  • Conservation genetics
  • Evolutionary biology
  • Population genetics and molecular ecology
  • Ancient DNA

Indicators of Esteem

  • Editorial Board member: Aquatic Mammals (2005-), Open Ecology Journal (2008-), Marine Genomics (2008-), International Journal of Evolutionary Biology (2009-), Proceedings of the Royal Society, Series B (2000 - 2007) & Biology Letters (2003-2005).
  • Journal Editor: Editor in Chief & Founding Editor of Conservation Genetics, Springer Publishing (2000 -). Founding Editor of Conservation Genetics Resources, Springer Publishing (2009-). Associate editor for Marine Biology Research (2006-) & Marine Mammal Science (2004 - 2007)

Publications

Authored book

  • Hoelzel, A.R. & Stern, S.J. (2000). Minke Whales. Grantown-on-Spey: Colin Baxter.
  • Hoelzel, A.R. & Dover, G.A. (1991). Molecular Genetic Ecology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Edited book

  • Hoelzel, A.R. (2002). Marine Mammal Biology; an Evolutionary Approach. Oxford: Blackwell Science.
  • Carrington, M. & Hoelzel, A.R. (2001). Molecular Epidemiology; a Practical Approach. Practical Approach. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Hoelzel, A.R. (1998). Molecular Genetic Analysis of Populations; a Practical Approach. Practical Approach. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Hoelzel, A.R. (1992). Molecular Genetic Analysis of Populations; a Practical Approach. Practical Approach. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Hoelzel, A.R. (1991). Genetic Ecology of Whales and Dolphins. IWC Special Issues. Cambridge: International Whaling Commission.

Journal Article