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Dr Marc Rius PhD


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Dr Marc Rius is Lecturer within Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton.

My research focuses on understanding the underlying mechanisms that determine species ranges and how human activities reshape biotic communities. My research group (Ecology & Evolution Lab) incorporates cutting-edge analytical and genetic techniques to conduct studies on biogeography, community ecology, population genetics and conservation biology.

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2015 - present: Research Fellow, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

October 2013 - present: Lecturer (Assistant Professor), University of Southampton

2013: Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for Advanced Studies of Blanes, Spain

2011-2012: Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Davis, United States of America

2009-2010: Centre for Invasion Biology Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Cape Town, South Africa

2008: PhD (Biological Sciences), University of Barcelona, Spain

2004: MSc (Marine Biology), Rhodes University, South Africa






Research interests

Genetics and colonisation

Range-shifting populations are often characterised by high levels of genetic diversity as a result of propagules from multiple sources, recurrent introductions and genetic admixture. Our research group develops novel genetic tools and implements innovative analytical techniques to understand how different genetic signatures influence range shifts.

Evolutionary history and speciation

Many of the world’s coastal regions contain a large proportion of marine species that cannot be clearly identified due to a lack of systematic, biogeographical and historical evidence. We combine genetic and taxonomic analyses to improve our understanding of phylogenetic relationships and cryptic marine biodiversity.

Community ecology and life cycles

Many organisms have complex life cycles whereby individuals undergo dramatic developmental transitions before reaching adulthood. Little is known about how multiple ecological and evolutionary mechanisms interact across the life cycle. We study interactions across multiple life-history stages to assess the relative role of these mechanisms in determining species distributions.

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Conducting experiments to understand ecological interactions and community dynamics
Using DNA and RNA to address ecological and evolutionary questions
Revealing cryptic diversity and describing new species
Marine biodiversity
Studying biotic mechanisms across multiple life-history stages
Reproductive biology
Sampling across divergent biogeographic coastal regions
Studying how human activities have disrupted evolutionary trajectories
Biotic homogenisation

























PhD Students

Steve Bourne
Harry Hornsby
Edward Wort

Research group(s)

Marine Biology and Ecology


Book Section(s)

  • Sea squirts - Rius, M. and Griffiths, C.. In Alien & Invasive Animals: A South African Perspective - Picker, Mike and Griffiths, Charles (eds.)
    Published by:
    Cape Town, ZA

SOES1003 IT communication, field and laboratory skills
Introduction to marine ecology
Introduction to marine molecular biology
Dale field marine biology fieldwork skills
Marine molecular biology
Oceanography research training
SOES3046 Independent research project
Vertebrate palaeobiology: phylogenetics and evolution
Contemporary topics
Reproduction in marine animals

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