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2020: Lecturer in Marine Biology, University of Aberdeen

2019-2020: Postdoctoral Fellow, Ocean Frontier Institute/Memorial University of Newfoundland

2015-2018: PhD (Marine Biology), University of Western Australia

2010-2013: MSc (Integrative Biology), University of Guelph

2005-2009: BSc (Marine & Freshwater Biology), University of Guelph

Research Interests:

I am a marine biologist using field and museum collections along with genomic tools to investigate biodiversity and evolution in our oceans, with a particular focus on marine invertebrates and salmonids. My research interests span macroevolutionary patterns to microevolutionary processes, incorporating themes from molecular ecology, phylogenomics, systematics, evolutionary biology and conservation genetics. I am particularly interested in investigating the genomic basis of warning colouration and mimicry in marine molluscs, as well as predicting climate-linked biodiversity loss in our oceans.

External positions

Research Associate (Aquatic Zoology), Western Australian Museum

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Research Output

  • 174 Citations
  • 11 Article

Model-based evaluation of the genetic impacts of farm-escaped Atlantic salmon on wild populations

Bradbury, I. R., Duffy, S., Lehnert, S., Johannsson, R., Fridriksson, J. H., Castellani, M., Burgetz, I., Sylvester, E., Messmer, A., Layton, K., Kelly, N., Dempson, J. B. & Fleming, I., 2020, In : Aquaculture Environment Interactions. 12, p. 45-59 15 p.

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Resolving fine-scale population structure and fishery exploitation using sequenced microsatellites in a northern fish

Layton, K. K. S., Dempson, B., Snelgrove, P. V. R., Duffy, S. J., Messmer, A. M., Paterson, I. G., Jeffery, N. W., Kess, T., Horne, J. B., Salisbury, S. J., Ruzzante, D. E., Bentzen, P., Côté, D., Nugent, C. M., Ferguson, M. M., Leong, J. S., Koop, B. F. & Bradbury, I. R., May 2020, In : Evolutionary Applications. 13, 5, p. 1055-1068 14 p.

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1 Citation (Scopus)

A newly discovered radiation of endoparasitic gastropods and their coevolution with asteroid hosts in Antarctica

Layton, K. K. S., Rouse, G. W. & Wilson, N. G., Sep 2019, In : BMC Evolutionary Biology. 19, 1, 15 p., 180.

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  • A reference library for Canadian invertebrates with 1.5 million barcodes, voucher specimens, and DNA samples

    deWaard, J. R., Ratnasingham, S., Zakharov, E. V., Borisenko, A. V., Steinke, D., Telfer, A. C., Perez, K. H. J., Sones, J. E., Young, M. R., Levesque-Beaudin, V., Sobel, C. N., Abrahamyan, A., Bessonov, K., Blagoev, G., deWaard, S. L., Ho, C., Ivanova, N. V., Layton, K. K. S., Lu, L., Manjunath, R. & 12 others, McKeown, J. T. A., Milton, M. A., Miskie, R., Monkhouse, N., Naik, S., Nikolova, N., Pentinsaari, M., Prosser, S. W. J., Radulovici, A. E., Steinke, C., Warne, C. P. & Hebert, P. D. N., 6 Dec 2019, In : Scientific Data. 6, 12 p., 308.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access

    Erecting a new family for Spirostyliferina, a truncatelloidean microgastropod, and further insights into truncatelloidean phylogeny

    Layton, K. K. S., Middelfart, P. U., Tatarnic, N. J. & Wilson, N. G., Nov 2019, In : Zoologica Scripta. 48, 6, p. 727-744 18 p.

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