I am a lecturer in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and my research focusses on ‘working out what genes do’. I work with a range of plants (and some animals) and carry out detailed genetic and genomic investigations comparing populations or species. My research identifies the genes that are important for adaptation, speciation and domestication; therefore is important for the fields of evolutionary biology, genomics and mitigating climate change.
2013-present: Lecturer, University of Southampton 2011-2013: Postdoctoral Researcher University of Oxford, UK. 2004-2010: Postdoctoral Researcher/Assistant Research Scientist University of Georgia, USA/Vanderbilt University, USA.
2004: PhD St. Andrews University 2000: BSc University of Leicester
I am interested in using genomic technologies to investigate patterns and processes in evolution, primarily concerning adaptation, speciation and domestication in plants.
Anna Page (2014-2017) Project Title: Parallel domestication as a model to understand the repeatability of phenotypic evolutions Funding: University of Southampton
Oliver White (2015-2018) Project Title: Using transcriptomics to understand adaptation and speciation in an island radiation Funding:University of Southampton/Natural History Museum
Rachael Graham (2015-2018) Project Title: Plant adaptation to temperature, and implications for crop breeding Funding: University of Southampton/Natural History Museum
Alex Watson-Lazowski (2nd supervisor) Project Title: Using Next Generation Sequencing to Understand Plant Acclimation and Adaption to a Changing Environment Funding: ExpeER, NERC.
Annabelle Damerum (2nd supervisor) Project Title: Molecular breeding to improve the quality of Lactuca sativa. Funding: Vitacress Salads, Shamrock Seeds, Sainsbury's.
Libby Rowland (2nd supervisor) Project Title: Improving the water sustainability and quality of potted herbs through better crop irrigation scheduling Funding: University of Southampton, Vitacress Salads
Elizabeth Arnold (2nd supervisor) Project Title: Improving the sustainability of water use in baby leaf salad crops Funding: University of Southampton/BBSRC
Kevin Staniland (2nd supervisor) Project Title: Adaptations to elevated CO2 Funding: Self-funded
Jasmine Saban (2nd supervisor) Project Title: Acclimation and Adaption to elevated CO2 Funding: SPITFIRE
Steven Bourne (2nd supervisor) Project Title: The genomics of adaption and its influence on marine biological invasions Funding: SPITFIRE
This studentship will use a homoploid hybrid Argyranthemum species from the Canary Islands as an exemplary scenario with which to investigate the genomics of adaptation, reproductive isolation and hybrid speciation.
Understanding the genetic basis of adaptation has the potential for application to agronomy and crop breeding. If we can understand which genes confer adaptations to high salinity, high temperatures or low nutrients we have the potential to investigate which crops might be of use under a climate change scenario. My work with underutilised crops is helping to reveal how some of the world’s less well-known crops manage to grow in extreme environments, also paving the way for the identification of novel germplasm with extreme environmental tolerances.
Dr Mark A Chapman Biological Sciences Faculty of Natural & Environmental Sciences Life Sciences Building 85 University of Southampton Highfield Campus Southampton SO17 1BJ