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Staff Profile of Dr Niklas Tysklind

Dr Niklas Tysklind
Post Doctoral Research Associate
01248 38 2139


Dispersal, movement and breeding patterns are crucial parameters of an organisms ability to interact and adapt to its surrounding ecosystem. Changes to such parameters can have important consequences on the services provided by such ecosystems to humankind. Molecular markers offer an unrivalled opportunity to address these issues, and over the course of my career I have gained a breath of experience in population genetic techniques to answer a variety of questions relevant to environmental policy, including pollution, natural resource management, and climate change.

Personal Web Page:

King Edward Point field work BLOG:

Current and Recent Research Projects:

Southern Ocean Warming Project (
Celtic Sea Trout Project (
Social, economic and political factors influencing governance of common resources in Ecuadorian Kichwa communities.
Population structure of dab in the context of biomonitoring programmes


Working Experience

  • School of Biological Sciences, Bangor University (BU): Post-doctoral Research Officer in the Southern Ocean Warming Project (SOW), a collaborative and multidisciplinary effort between BU and British Antarctic Survey to evaluate the potential effects of climate change in Antarctic icefish recruitment in the Scotia Sea. Involved in population genetics (data generation and analysis), icefish larvae collection and aquarium rearing (experimental design and analysis), and growth modelling. Line Manager: Gary Carvalho. May 2013-May 2014.
  • School of Biological Sciences, BU: Post-doctoral Research Officer in the Celtic Sea Trout Project (CSTP) a collaborative and multidisciplinary effort between Ireland and Wales to understand Salmo trutta biology, ecology and behaviour in the Irish and Celtic seas. Involved in population genetics (data generation and analysis), dynamics and life history variation (scale reading, model construction, and population projection) ( Line Manager: Martin Taylor. April 2010-April 2013.
  • Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Manchester (UM): Field course instructor, Orellana, Ecuador. Design and supervision of undergraduate amazon fish biodiversity assessment projects. Course organiser: Richard Preziosi. Aug 2011 and July 2012.
  • Faculty of Life Sciences, UM: Field collaborator in an environmental/ socioeconomic assessment of biodiversity in Amazon indigenous communities in Ecuador, with Johan Oldekop (UM), the GTZ (German International Cooperation for Sustainable Development) and the Museo Nacional de Ciencias, Quito, Ecuador. Aug – Nov 2009.
  • School of Biological Sciences, BU. Student practical instructor. Subjects: Fish biology and biodiversity, molecular techniques and analysis, invertebrate community diversity assessment. 2006–2009.
  • School of Ocean Sciences, BU: Research officer. INTERREG III project, Development and use of genetic markers (AFLPs) to understand summer mortality of cupped oysters Crassostrea gigas. Line Managers: Shelagh Malham and Andy Beaumont. May 2005 – Sept 2005.
  • IFREMER La Tremblade Research Station (European reference laboratory for shellfish genetics and pathology): Internship. Optimised the cross-amplification of microsatellites from other oyster species to Tiostrea chilensis, and employed them to study population structure and bottleneck signals of T. chilensis in the Menai Straits, UK. Supervisors: Pierre Boudry and Andy Beaumont. Sept 2003 – July 2004.
  • NOAA Fisheries board of Hawai’i: Field assistant, boarded at the RV “Oscar Elton Sette” along the North Western Hawai’ian Islands in a yearly lobster population assessment undertaken by Gerard Dinaro and Joe O’Malley. Summer 2003.


  • Ph.D in Molecular Ecology of Marine Organisms, BU. Project Title: “Population genetic markers in biomonitoring programmes: a case study of flatfish around the British Isles”. Joint venture between BU and CEFAS. Developed and employed numerous microsatellites markers (both neutral and potentially adaptive) to study the population structure of dab, Limanda limanda, around the British Isles. Then evaluated the relative importance of such structure on biomarker incidence compared to that of age and pollutant exposure, and potential consequences for biomonitoring programmes. Supervisors: Gary Carvalho, Brett Lyons, Martin Taylor and Ian McCarthy. Oct 2005 –July 2009.
  • B. Sc. (Hons) in Applied Marine Biology, University Of Wales Bangor (BU). Sept 2001- May 2005. Awarded a First Class Degree.
  • B.U.P. and C.O.U (High School & College), Colegio Internacional Pinosierra, Madrid, 1996–2000.



Southern Ocean Warming Project
Celtic Sea Trout Project

Principal investigator(s) of project(s):

Prof. Gary Carvalho
Dr Martin Taylor (University of East Anglia)
Dr Nigel Milner
Dr Ian McCarthy

Co-investigator(s) of project(s):

Dr Mark de Bruyn (Bangor Univeristy)
Dr Emma Young (British Antarctic Survey)
Dr Michael Meredith (British Antarctic Survey)
Dr Mark Belchier (British Antarctic Survey)
Dr Jenny Rock (University of Otago;

Funding body of project(s) and URL(s) if necessary:

Interreg IVA


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