Staff Profile of Prof. George Francis Turner

Prof. George Turner
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Professor Turner's research group works mainly on the behaviour, ecology, evolution and genetics of Lake Malawi cichlids, particularly aiming to understand the reasons for their explosive evolution. This work involves field work in Africa, (including underwater research), molecular genetic studies and mate choice and breeding experiments in the aquarium. Cichlid fish (such as tilapias) are increasingly important food fish worldwide, and research on these fishes will be helped when the tilapia genome sequence is completed in the next few years.

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  • PublishedAstatotilapia species (Teleostei, Cichlidae) from Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania, excluding the basin of Lake Victoria
    Turner, G., Ngatunga, B. P. & Genner, M. J., 2021, 107 p. EcoEvoRxiv.
    Research output: Other contribution
  • PublishedDifferential use of multiple genetic sex determination systems in divergent ecomorphs of an African crater lake cichlid
    Munby, H., Linderoth, T., Fischer, B., Du, M., Vernaz, G., Tyers, A. M., Ngatunga, B. P., Shechonge, A., Denise, H., McCarthy, S. A., Bista, I., Miska, E. A., Emilia Santos, M., Genner, M. J., Turner, G. F. & Durbin, R., 6 Aug 2021, BioRxiv, (bioRxiv).
    Research output: Working paperPreprint
  • PublishedMapping epigenetic divergence in the massive radiation of Lake Malawi cichlid fishes
    Vernaz, G., Malinsky, M., Svardal, H., Du, M., Tyers, A. M., Santos, M. E., Durbin, R., Genner, M. J., Turner, G. F. & Miska, E. A., 7 Oct 2021, In: Nature Communications. 12, 1, 5870.
    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review
  • PublishedNewly discovered cichlid fish biodiversity threatened by hybridization with non-native species
    Blackwell, T., Ford, A. G. P., Ciezarek, A. G., Bradbeer, S. J., Gracida Juarez, C. A., Smith, A. M., Ngatunga, B. P., Shechonge, A., Tamatamah, R., Etherington, G., Haerty, W., Di Palma, F., Turner, G. F. & Genner, M. J., Feb 2021, In: Molecular Ecology. 30, 4, p. 895-911 17 p.
    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review
  • PublishedRare morph Lake Malawi mbuna cichlids benefit from reduced aggression from con- and hetero-specifics
    Tyers, A. M., Cooke, G. M. & Turner, G. F., Nov 2021, In: Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 34, 11, p. 1678-1690 13 p.
    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review
  • PublishedThe Natural History of the Satellite Lakes of Lake Malawi
    Turner, G., Ngatunga, B. P. & Genner, M. J., 2021, 131 p. EcoEvoRxiv.
    Research output: Other contribution
  • PublishedTowards complete and error-free genome assemblies of all vertebrate species
    Rhie, A., McCarthy, S. A., Fedrigo, O., Damas, J., Formenti, G., Koren, S., Uliano-Silva, M., Chow, W., Fungtammasan, A., Kim, J., Lee, C., Ko, B. J., Chaisson, M., Gedman, G. L., Cantin, L. J., Thibaud-Nissen, F., Haggerty, L., Bista, I., Smith, M., Haase, B., Mountcastle, J., Winkler, S., Paez, S., Howard, J., Vernes, S. C., Lama, T. M., Grutzner, F., Warren, W. C., Balakrishnan, C. N., Burt, D., George, J. M., Biegler, M. T., Iorns, D., Digby, A., Eason, D., Robertson, B., Edwards, T., Wilkinson, M., Turner, G., Meyer, A., Kautt, A. F., Franchini, P., Detrich, H. W., Svardal, H., Wagner, M., Naylor, G. J. P., Pippel, M., Malinsky, M., Mooney, M., Simbirsky, M., Hannigan, B. T., Pesout, T., Houck, M., Misuraca, A., Kingan, S. B., Hall, R., Kronenberg, Z., Sović, I., Dunn, C., Ning, Z., Hastie, A., Lee, J., Selvaraj, S., Green, R. E., Putnam, N. H., Gut, I., Ghurye, J., Garrison, E., Sims, Y., Collins, J., Pelan, S., Torrance, J., Tracey, A., Wood, J., Dagnew, R. E., Guan, D., London, S. E., Clayton, D. F., Mello, C. V., Friedrich, S. R., Lovell, P. V., Osipova, E., Al-Ajli, F. O., Secomandi, S., Kim, H., Theofanopoulou, C., Hiller, M., Zhou, Y., Harris, R. S., Makova, K. D., Medvedev, P., Hoffman, J., Masterson, P., Clark, K., Martin, F., Howe, K., Flicek, P., Walenz, B. P., Kwak, W., Clawson, H., Diekhans, M., Nassar, L., Paten, B., Kraus, R. H. S., Crawford, A. J., Gilbert, M. T. P., Zhang, G., Venkatesh, B., Murphy, R. W., Koepfli, K-P., Shapiro, B., Johnson, W. E., Di Palma, F., Marques-Bonet, T., Teeling, E. C., Warnow, T., Graves, J. M., Ryder, O. A., Haussler, D., O’Brien, S. J., Korlach, J., Lewin, H. A., Howe, K., Myers, E. W., Durbin, R., Phillippy, A. M. & Jarvis, E. D., 28 Apr 2021, In: Nature. 592, 7856, p. 737-746 10 p.
    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review