Dr. Adrian Christopher Brennan, BA (Hons) Biological Sciences Oxford, D.Phil. Plant Sciences Oxford
(email at email@example.com)
2018 – now Assistant Professor, University of Durham, UK
2013 – 2018 Research Fellow in Plant Sciences, University of Durham, UK
2011 – 2013 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Estación Biológica de Doñana (EBD-CSIC), Sevilla, Spain
2010 – 2011 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, UK
2007 – 2010 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of St Andrews, UK
2004 – 2007 Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Bristol, UK
1999 – 2003 DPhil (PhD), University of Oxford, UK “Population genetics of sporophytic self-incompatibility (SSI) in the British colonising species, Senecio squalidus”
1996 – 1999 BA Biological Sciences Honours Degree, University of Oxford, UK
Durham Botanic Garden Biosciences Research Demonstration Plot 2017 to now: Flax common garden experiment.
Durham Schools Science Festival Exhibition 2015 to 2018: How plants find a mate.
Associate editor for AoB Plants: http://aobpla.oxfordjournals.org/
Associate editor for Evolutionary Ecology: http://link.springer.com/journal/10682
Associate editor for Web Ecology: http://www.web-ecology.net/
Reviewing for scientific journals: https://publons.com/author/553757/adrian-brennan#profile
I am interested in the evolution of genomes and quantitative trait architecture in response to a range of selection pressures. I have experience studying this question in a range of the contexts including; hybridization, speciation, invasiveness, and breeding systems in several plant species through my postdoctoral projects. As an independent researcher in the Biosciences Department, Durham University, I have been developing new projects in the genus Linum (flax/linseed) to test how selection shapes the genetic architecture of a range of traits including; distylous breeding systems, local adaption, and domestication traits using a combination of high-throughput DNA and RNA sequencing and growth experiments in the field and glasshouse. My other active collaborations include rapid evolution in invasive Centaurea solstitialis (yellow starthistle) and genetic variation in wild relatives and landraces of wheat and chickpea.
Competitive NERC funded PhD project starting Oct 2021, application closing date: 3rd Jan 2021
Current group members
2020-present Callum Bennett, MBiol student
2018-present Rico Habeahan, BBSRC PhD student
Past group members
2017-2020 Lewis Edwards, MSc student
2019-2020 Sarah Lunt, MBiol student
2019-2019 M Eren Tedik, ERASMUS placement from Bogazici University, Turkey
2018-2019 Pilar Suarez Montes, CONACYT Fellow
2018-2019 Katy Brown, MBiol student
2016-2020 Ramona Irimia, FCT PhD student from Coimbra University, Portugal (2nd supervisor)
2014-2018 Alireza Foroozani, Durham PhD student
2017-2018 Rue Laidler, MBiol student
2016-2018 Ellie Desmond, MSc student
- Level 2: Evolution
- Level 3: Crops for the Future, Genomics, Genes and Diversity workshop, Literature Review, Research Project, Contemporary issues in the Biosciences
- Level 4: Research Skills
- Level 1: Skills for Biosciences,
- Level 2: Genetics, Molecular Biology
- Level 3: Fieldcourse
Department of Biosciences
- Durham Centre for Crop Improvement Technology
- Molecular Plant Sciences
- Landoni, Beatrice, Viruel, Juan, Gomez, Rocio, Allaby, Robin G., Brennan, Adrian C., Pico, F. Xavier & Perez-Barrales, Rocio (2020). Microsatellite marker development in the crop wild relative Linum bienne using genome skimming. Applications in Plant Sciences 8(5): e11349.
- Walter, Greg M., Abbott, Richard J., Brennan, Adrian C., Bridle, Jon R., Chapman, Mark, Clark, James, Filatov, Dmitry, Nevado, Bruno, Ortiz Barrientos, Daniel & Hiscock, Simon J. (2020). Senecio as a model system for integrating studies of genotype, phenotype and fitness. New Phytologist 226(2): 326-344.
- Gu, X., Brennan, A., Wei, W. , Guo, G. & Lindsey, K. (2020). Vesicle transport in plants: A revised phylogeny of SNARE proteins. Evolutionary Bioinformatics 16: 1-11.
- Brennan, Adrian C, Hiscock, Simon J & Abbott, Richard J (2019). Completing the hybridization triangle: the inheritance of genetic incompatibilities during homoploid hybrid speciation in ragworts (Senecio). AoB PLANTS 11(1): ply078.
- Abbott, Richard J., Comes, Hans P., Goodwin, Zoe A. & Brennan, Adrian C. (2018). Hybridisation and detection of a hybrid zone between mesic and desert ragworts (Senecio) across an aridity gradient in the eastern Mediterranean. Plant Ecology & Diversity 11(3): 267-281.
- Exposito-Alonso, Moises, Brennan, Adrian C., Alonso-Blanco, Carlos & Pico, F. Xavier (2018). Spatio-temporal variation in fitness responses to contrasting environments in Arabidopsis thaliana. Evolution 72(8): 1570-1586.
- Brennan, A.C. (2017). Distyly supergenes as a model to understand the evolution of genetic architecture. American Journal of Botany 104(1): 5-7.
- Brennan, A.C., Hiscock, S.J. & Abbott, R.J. (2016). Genomic architecture of phenotypic divergence between two hybridizing plant species along an elevational gradient. AoB PLANTS 8: plw022.
- Silva, J.L., Brennan, A.C. & Mejías, J.A. (2016). Population genetics of self-incompatibility in a clade of relict cliff-dwelling plant species. AoB PLANTS 8: plw029.
- Abbott, R.J. & Brennan, A.C. (2014). Altitudinal gradients, plant hybrid zones and evolutionary novelty. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B Biological Sciences 369(1648): 20130346.
- Brennan, Adrian C, Woodward, Guy, Seehausen, Ole, Munoz-Fuentes, Violeta, Moritz, Craig, Guelmami, Anis, Abbott, Richard J & Edelaar, Pim (2014). Hybridization due to changing species distributions: adding problems or solutions to conservation of biodiversity during global change?. Evolutionary Ecology Research 16(6): 475-491.
- Brennan, A.C., Hiscock, S.J. & Abbott, R.J. (2014). Interspecific crossing and genetic mapping reveal intrinsic genomic incompatibility between two Senecio species that form a hybrid zone on Mount Etna, Sicily. Heredity 113: 195-204.
- Brennan, A.C., Méndez-Vigo, B., Haddioui, A., Martínez-Zapater, J.M., Picó, F.X. & Alonso-Blanco, C. (2014). The genetic structure of Arabidopsis thaliana in the south-western Mediterranean range reveals a shared history between North Africa and southern Europe. BMC Plant Biology 14: 17.
- Brennan, AC, Harris, SA & Hiscock, SJ (2013). The population genetics of sporophytic self-incompatibility in three hybridizing Senecio (Asteraceae) species with contrasting population histories. Evolution 67(5): 1347-1367.
- Cruz, F, Brennan, AC, Gonzalez-Voyer, A, Muñoz-Fuentes, V, Muthukrishnan, E, Roques, S & Picó, FX (2012). Genetics and genomics in wildlife studies: Implications for ecology, evolution, and conservation biology. BioEssays 34(3): 245-246.
- Brennan, AC, Bridgett, S, Shaukat, Ali M, Harrison, N, Matthews, A, Pellicer, J, Twyford, A & Kidner, CA (2012). Genomic resources for evolutionary studies in the large, diverse, tropical genus, Begonia. Tropical Plant Biology 5(4): 261-276.
- Brennan, AC, Barker, D, Hiscock, SJ & Abbott, RJ (2012). Molecular genetic and quantitative trait differentiation associated with the recent homoploid hybrid speciation: A study of Senecio squalidus (Asteraceae). Heredity 108(2): 87-95.
- Brennan, AC, Tabah, DA, Harris, SA & Hiscock, SJ (2011). Sporophytic self-incompatibility in Senecio squalidus (Asteraceae): S allele dominance interactions and modifiers of cross-compatibility and selfing rates. Heredity 106(1): 113-123.
- Brennan, A.C. & Hiscock, S.J. (2010). Expression and inheritance of sporophytic self-incompatibility in synthetic allohexaploid Senecio cambrensis (Asteraceae). New Phytologist 186(1): 251-261.
- Abbott, RJ, Hegarty, MJ, Hiscock, SJ & Brennan, AC (2010). Homoploid hybrid speciation in action. Taxon 59: 1375-1386.
- Brennan, A.C., Bridle, J.R., Wang, A.L., Hiscock, S.J. & Abbott, R.J. (2009). Adaptation and selection in the Senecio (Asteraceae) hybrid zone on Mount Etna, Sicily. New Phytologist 183(3): 702-717.
- Hegarty, MJ, Barker, GL, Brennan, AC, Edwards, KJ, Abbott, RJ & Hiscock, SJ (2009). Extreme changes to gene expression associated with homoploid hybrid speciation. Molecular Ecology 18(5): 877-889.
- Abbott, RJ, Brennan, AC, James, JK, Forbes, DG, Hegarty, MJ & Hiscock, SJ (2009). Recent hybrid origin and invasion in the British Isles by a self-incompatible species, Oxford ragwort (Senecio squalidus L., Asteraceae). Biological Invasions 11(5): 1145-1158.
- Hegarty, MJ, Barker, GL, Brennan, AC, Edwards, KJ, Abbott, RJ & Hiscock, SJ (2008). Changes to gene expression associated with hybrid speciation in plants: Further insights from transcriptomic studies in Senecio. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 363(1506): 3055-3069.
- Brennan, AC, Harris, SA & Hiscock, SJ (2006). The population genetics of sporophytic self-incompatibility in Senecio squalidus L. (Asteraceae): The number, frequency, and dominance interactions of S alleles across its British range. Evolution 60(2): 213-224.
- Brennan, AC, Harris, SA & Hiscock, SJ (2005). Modes and rates of selfing and associated inbreeding depression in the self-incompatible plant Senecio squalidus (Asteraceae): a successful colonizing species in the British Isles. New Phytologist 168(2): 475-486.
- Hiscock, SJ, McInnis, SM, Tabah, DA, Henderson, CA & Brennan, AC (2003). Sporophytic self-incompatibility in Senecio squalidus L (Asteraceae): the search for S. Journal of Experimental Botany 54(380): 169-174.
- Brennan, AC, Harris, SA & Hiscock, SJ (2003). The population genetics of sporophytic self-incompatibility in Senecio squalidus L. (Asteraceae) II: A spatial autocorrelation approach to determining mating behaviour in the presence of low S allele diversity. Heredity 91(5): 502-509.
- Brennan, AC, Harris, SA & Hiscock, SJ (2003). The population genetics of sporophytic self-incompatibility in Senecio squalidus L. (Asteraceae): Avoidance of mating constraints imposed by low S allele number. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 358(1434): 1047-1050.
- Brennan, AC, Harris, SA, Tabah, DA & Hiscock, SJ (2002). The population genetics of sporophytic self-incompatibility in Senecio squalidus L. (Asteraceae) I: S allele diversity in a natural population. Heredity 89: 430-438.