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Griffiths SM, Fox G, Briggs PJ, Donaldson IJ, Hood S, Richardson P, Leaver GW, Truelove NK & Preziosi RF (2016) A Galaxy-based bioinformatics pipeline for optimised, streamlined microsatellite development from Illumina next-generation sequencing data. Conservation Genetics Resources. DOI 10.1007/s12686-016-0570-7


Moat J, Rizoulis A, Fox G & Upton M (2016) Domestic shower hose biofilms contain fungal species capable of causing opportunistic infection. Journal of Water and Health. Volume 14. Issue 4. DOI: 10.2166/wh.2016.297

Langarica-Fuentes A, Fox G, Robson GD (2015) Metabarcoding analysis of home composts reveals distinctive fungal communities with a high number of unassigned sequences. Microbiology. doi: 10.1099/mic.0.000153


Castelino, M., Eyre, S., Moat, J., Fox, G., Martin, P., Ijaz, U., Quince, C., Ho, P., Upton, M., and Barton, A. (2015) The skin microbiome in psoriatic arthritis: methodology development and pilot data. Lancet, 385(S1), S27. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(15)60342-7


Langarica-Fuentes A, Handley PS, Houlden A, Fox G, Robson GD (2014a) An investigation of the biodiversity of thermophilic and thermotolerant fungal species in composts using culture-based and molecular techniques. Fungal Ecol 11:132–144. doi:10.​1016/​j.​funeco.​2014.​05.​007


Fungal succession in an in-vessel composting system characterized using 454 pyrosequencing. Langarica-Fuentes, A; Zafar, U; Heyworth, A; Brown, T;Fox, G; Robson, G. F E M S Microbiology Ecology. 2014;88:296-308.


Penney, D., Wadsworth, C., Fox, G., Kennedy, S.L., Preziosi, R.F., and Brown, T.A. (2013) Absence of ancient DNA in sub-fossil insect inclusions preserved in ‘Anthropocene’ Colombian copal. PLoS ONE 8: e73150.


Graeme Fox



Since 2014 I have been a PhD student in the Preziosi and Rowntree labs at the University of Manchester. I am using next-generation sequencing and bioinformatics methods to answer ecoloigcal questions. Recently, this has focused on developing bioinformatics workflows to improve microsatellite panel design and using these markers for population genetic analysis of endangered and commercially important species. In particular my PhD focuses upon the genetics of the European lobster (Homarus gammarus) around the UK and Ireland and the impacts of massive restocking by lobster hatcheries. I am also interested in the conservation genetics of small ex-situ populations such as those in zoos or aquaria.


Previously, I attended the University of Liverpool where I received a BSc(Hons) degree in biological sciences and subsequently a MSc degree in conservation biology. During this period I worked on the function and structure of myoglobin in diving cetaceans (Mesoplodon bidens) and the genetics of the 'edge effects' seen in the azure damselfly (Coenagrion puella); a species successfully spreading north throughout the UK from Europe. These projects began my interest in genetics and molecular biology which has been a constant thread in my career since.


After graduating I joined the University of Manchester as a research technician. I worked for four years with next-generation sequencers assisting with a wide range of projects in multiple faculities. Recently I joined the Soil and Ecosystem Ecology laboratory where I am working on the effects of drought on plant and soil communities.


When not working, I enjoy reading, brewing and drinking beer, tending an allotment, Python programming, Raspberry Pi tinkering, playing computer games and enthusing about GNU/LINUX.

Recent publications and in press

Graeme Fox, Iulia Darolti, Jean-Denis Hibbitt, Richard F. Preziosi, John L. Fitzpatrick, Jennifer K. Rowntree (accepted) Bespoke markers for ex situ conservation; application, analysis and challenges in the assessment of a population of endangered undulate rays. Journal of Zoo and Aquarium Research. (accepted, awaiting publication)


Rachael Antwis, Sarah Griffiths, Xavier Harrison, Ché Weldon, Michael Wood, Abigail Pretorius, Kevin Hopkins, Graeme Fox, and Richard Preziosi (accepted) Genetic Variability and Ontogeny Predict Microbiome Structure in a Disease-Challenged Montane Amphibian. Multidisciplinary Journal of Microbial Ecology. (accepted, awaiting publication).


D’Cruze N, Singh B, Mookerjee A, Hunter K, Brassey CA, Rowntree J, Megson S, Fox G, Louies J, Sharath RS Macdonald DW (accepted) Wildlife Traders Evade Authorities Using Code Words. Oryx. (accepted, awaiting publication).


Combe F, Taylor-Cox E, Fox G, Sandri T, Davis N, Jones M, Cain B, Mallon D, Harris E (accepted) Rapid isolation and characterization of microsatellites in the critically endangered Mountain Bongo (Tragelaphus eurycerus isaaci). Journal of Genetics. (accepted, awaiting publication)

Ramirez K, Knight C, de Hollander M, Brearley F, Constantinides C, Cotton A, Creer S, Crowther T, Davison J , Delgado-Baquerizo M, Dorrepaal E, Elliott D, Fox G, Griffiths R, Hale C, Hartman K, Houlden A, Jones D, Krab E, Maestre F, McGuire K, Monteux S, Orr C, van der Putten W, Roberts I, Robinson D, Rocca J, Rowntree J, Schlaeppi K, Shepherd M, Singh B, Straathof A, Bhatnagar J, Thion C, van der Heijden M, and de Vries F (2017) Detecting macroecological patterns in bacterial communities across independent studies of global soils. Nature Microbiology. (doi:10.1038/s41564-017-0062-x).


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