Dr Joe Ironside

PhD

Dr Joe Ironside

Senior Lecturer

Senior Lecturer

Contact Details

Profile

I obtained a BSc(Hons) in Biology and an MSc in Ecology from Bangor University before moving to The University of Leeds to engage in PhD studies of the evolution of parasitic sex ratio distortion in amphipod crustaceans. After a period of postdoctoral research into sex chromosome evolution at Birmingham University, I joined Aberystwyth University as Lecturer in Animal Genetics. Since then, I have continued my studies of sex-ratio distorting parasites, particularly the microsporidian parasites of crustaceans. I have broadened my research to study microsporidian phylogenetics and life cycles, particularly the evolution of sex in these unusual organisms. I have also studied the population genetics of the parasites' crustacean and mollusc hosts and this has led to research into conservation genetics of commercially harvested shellfish. I teach at all levels, from foundation, through undergraduate to masters and have developed several modules in genetics and evolutionary biology. I also participate in the governance of Aberystwyth University as a member of its Senate and Council.

Teaching

Research

Parasitic sex-ratio distortion, evolution of sex chromosomes, parasite biodiversity, population and conservation genetics of shellfish and other animals.

Publications

Ironside, J & Wilkinson, T 2017, 'Accumulation and exchange of parasites during adaptive radiation in an ancient lake' International Journal for Parasitology. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpara.2017.10.003
Pickup, J & Ironside, J 2017, 'Multiple origins of parasitic feminisation: thelygeny and intersexuality in beach-hoppers are caused by paramyxid parasites, not microsporidia' Parasitology. DOI: 10.1017/S0031182017001597
Watson, H, McKeown, N, Coscia, I, Wootton, E & Ironside, J 2016, 'Population genetic structure of the European lobster (Homarus gammarus) in the Irish Sea and implications for the effectiveness of the first British marine protected area' Fisheries Research, vol 183, pp. 287-293. DOI: 10.1016/j.fishres.2016.06.015
Arundell, K, Dunn, A, Alexander, JL, Shearman, R, Archer, NL & Ironside, J 2015, 'Enemy release and genetic founder effects in invasive killer shrimp populations of Great Britain' Biological Invasions, vol 17, no. 5, pp. 1439-1451. DOI: 10.1007/s10530-014-0806-y
Ironside, J & Alexander, JL 2015, 'Microsporidian parasites feminise hosts without paramyxean co-infection: support for convergent evolution of parasitic feminisation' International Journal for Parasitology, vol 45, no. 6, pp. 427-433. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpara.2015.02.001
Ironside, JE 2013, 'Diversity and recombination of dispersed ribosomal DNA and protein coding genes in microsporidia' PLoS One, vol 8, no. 2, e55878. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0055878
Ovcharenko, MO, Świątek, P, Ironside, JE & Skalski, T 2013, 'Orthosomella lipae sp. n. (Microsporidia) a parasite of the weevil, Liophloeus lentus Germar, 1824 (Coleoptera: Curculionidae)' Journal of Invertebrate Pathology, vol 112, no. 1, pp. 33-40. DOI: 10.1016/j.jip.2012.10.007
Coscia, I, Robins, P, Porter, J, Malham, S & Ironside, JE 2012, 'Modelled larval dispersal and measured gene flow: seascape genetics of the common cockle Cerastoderma edule in the southern Irish Sea: Conservation Genetics' Conservation Genetics, vol 14, no. 2, pp. 1-16. DOI: 10.1007/s10592-012-0404-4
Ironside, JE, Smith, JE, Hatcher, MJ & Dunn, AM 2011, 'Should sex ratio distorting parasites abandon horizontal transmission?' BMC Evolutionary Biology, vol 11, 370. DOI: 10.1186/1471-2148-11-370
Lawton, SP, Hirai, H, Ironside, JE, Johnston, DA & Rollinson, D 2011, 'Genomes and geography: genomic insights into the evolution and phylogeography of the genus Schistosoma' Parasites & Vectors, vol 4, no. 1, 131, pp. Paper 131. DOI: 10.1186/1756-3305-4-131
Wilkinson, TJ, Rock, J, Whiteley, NM, Ovcharenko, MO & Ironside, JE 2011, 'Genetic diversity of the feminising microsporidian parasite Dictyocoela: new insights into host-specificity, sex and phylogeography' International Journal for Parasitology, vol 41, no. 9, pp. 959-966. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpara.2011.04.002
Gamarra, JG-P, Ironside, J, De Vere, N, Allainguillaume, J & Wilkinson, MJ 2010, 'Research-based Residential Fieldwork Learning: Double Bonus?' Bioscience Education, vol 16, no. 1, pp. 1-9. DOI: 10.3108/beej.16.6
Ironside, JE 2010, 'No amicable divorce? Challenging the notion that sexual antagonism drives sex chromosome evolution' BioEssays, vol 32, no. 8, pp. 718-726. DOI: 10.1002/bies.200900124
Ovcharenko, MO, Bacela, K, Wilkinson, T, Ironside, JE, Rigaud, T & Wattier, RA 2010, 'Cucumispora dikerogammari n. gen. (Fungi: Microsporidia) infecting the invasive amphipod Dikerogammarus villosus: a potential emerging disease in European rivers.' Parasitology, vol 137, no. 2, pp. 191-204. DOI: 10.1017/S0031182009991119
Barber, I, Davies, AJ, Ironside, JE, Forsgren, E & Amundsen, T 2009, 'First record of a Kabatana sp. microsporidium infecting fish in the Atlantic Ocean' Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, vol 83, no. 2, pp. 145-152. DOI: 10.3354/dao02019
Wright, HA, Ironside, JE & Gwynn-Jones, D 2009, 'Sustainability in bioscience fieldwork: Practical information from a UK agricultural research institute' International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, vol 10, no. 1, pp. 54-67. DOI: 10.1108/14676370910925253
Ironside, JE, Wilkinson, TJ & Rock, J 2008, 'Distribution and host range of the microsporidian Pleistophora mulleri' Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology, vol 55, no. 4, pp. 355-362. DOI: 10.1111/j.1550-7408.2008.00338.x
Wright, HA, Ironside, JE & Gwynn-Jones, D 2008, 'The current state of sustainability in bioscience laboratories: a statistical examination of a UK tertiary institute' International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, vol 9, no. 3, pp. 282-294. DOI: 10.1108/14676370810885899
Hibbett, DS, Binder, M, Bischoff, JF, Blackwell, M, Cannon, PF, Eriksson, OE, Huhndorf, S, James, TY, Kirk, PM, Lücking, R, Lumbsch, HT, Lutzoni, F, Matheny, PB, McLaughlin, DJ, Powell, MJ, Redhead, S, Schoch, CL, Spatafora, JW, Stalpers, JA, Vilgalys, R, Aime, MC, Aptroot, A, Bauer, R, Begerow, D, Benny, GL, Castlebury, LA, Crous, PW, Dai, Y-C, Gams, W, Geiser, DM, Griffith, GW, Gueidan, C, Hawskworth, DL, Hestmark, G, Hosaka, K, Humber, RA, Hyde, KD, Ironside, JE, Kõljalg, U, Kurtzman, CP, Larsson, K-H, Lichtwardt, R, Longcore, JE, Miądlikowska, J, Miller, A, Moncalvo, J-M, Mozley-Standridge, SE, Oberwinkler, F, Permasto, E & Reeb, V 2007, 'A higher-level phylogenetic classification of the Fungi' Mycological Research, vol 111, no. 5, pp. 509-547. DOI: 10.1016/j.mycres.2007.03.004
Ironside, JE 2007, 'Multiple losses of sex within a single genus of Microsporidia' BMC Evolutionary Biology, vol 7, 48. DOI: 10.1186/1471-2148-7-48
Ironside, JE & Filatov, DA 2005, 'Extreme population structure and high interspecific divergence of the Silene Y chromosome' Genetics, vol 171, no. 2, pp. 705-713. DOI: 10.1534/genetics.105.041210
Ironside, JE, Dunn, AM, Rollinson, D & Smith, JE 2003, 'Association with host mitochondrial haplotypes suggests that feminizing microsporidia lack horizontal transmission' Journal of Evolutionary Biology, vol 16, no. 6, pp. 1077-1083. DOI: 10.1046/j.1420-9101.2003.00625.x
Ironside, JE, Smith, JE, Hatcher, MJ, Sharpe, RG, Rollinson, D & Dunn, AM 2003, 'Two species of feminizing microsporidian parasite coexist in populations of Gammarus duebeni' Journal of Evolutionary Biology, pp. 467-473. DOI: 10.1046/j.1420-9101.2003.00539.x