Danielle Sloan

Multi-disciplinary connectivity investigation of Priority Marine Features in Scottish waters using bio-physical modelling and population genomics

PhD Aim:

  • By combining particle tracking and hydrodynamic modelling with habitat suitability models and population genomics this project aims to investigate how Scottish flame shell (Limaria hians) beds are connected.

PhD Objectives:

  • The mitochondrial genome of Limaria hians (flame shell) will be characterised and described for the first time.
  • Broad-scale contemporary connectivity, gene flow and genetic diversity within and between flame shell beds will be investigated using haplotypes.
  • A Lagrangian particle tracking model will be forced with output from the hydrodynamic Scottish Shelf Model to investigate the mechanisms behind population connectivity.
  • Data from the genomic analyses will be used to validate the outcomes of the larval dispersal model.

Contact Details:


  • July 2021: Presented a poster and flash presentation at the AMEMR (Advances in Marine Ecosystem Modelling Research) Symposium
  • March 2021: Awarded a travel grant from the Challenger Society for Marine Science
  • February 2021: Awarded the Heredity Fieldwork Grant from the Genetics Society
  • December 2020: Awarded a research grant from the Conchological Society of Great Britain & Ireland
  • June 2020: Awarded a grant from MASTS Coastal Forum Small Grant Scheme