Dr Jim Provan

PhD, BSc

Dr Jim Provan

Reader in Biological Science


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My current research is primarily concerned with the evolutionary responses of natural populations to global change. This ranges from using phylogeographic approaches to elucidate the response of species to previous climatic changes through the Ice Ages, through population genetic analyses of the impacts of present-day climate change on populations, to using next-generation sequencing (NGS) approaches to determine the potential for populations to respond to future climate change. I also carry out work in conservation genetics to inform management strategies for rare and threatened species.

Research Groups

  • Marine environmental impacts and remedies


Wambulwa, MC, Milne, R, Wu, ZY, Spicer, RA, Provan, J, Luo, YH, Zhu, GF, Wang, WT, Wang, H, Gao, LM, Li, DZ & Liu, J 2021, 'Spatiotemporal maintenance of flora in the Himalaya biodiversity hotspot: Current knowledge and future perspectives', Ecology and Evolution. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.7906
Healey, AJE, McKeown, N, Taylor, AL, Provan, J, Sauer, W, Gouws, G & Shaw, P 2018, 'Cryptic species and parallel genetic structuring in Lethrinid fish: Implications for conservation and management in the southwest Indian Ocean', Ecology and Evolution, vol. 8, no. 4, pp. 2182-2195. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.3775
Roberts, HR, Warren, J & Provan, J 2018, 'Evidence for facultative protocarnivory in Capsella bursa-pastoris seeds', Scientific Reports, vol. 8, 10120. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-28564-x
Mooney, K, Beatty, G, Elsäßer, B, Follis, E, Kregting, L, O'Connor, N, Riddell, G & Provan, J 2018, 'Hierarchical structuring of genetic variation at differing geographic scales in the cultivated sugar kelp Saccharina latissima', Marine Environmental Research, vol. 142, pp. 108-115. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marenvres.2018.09.029
Lam, VKY, Darby, H, Merckx, VSFT, Lim, G, Yukawa, T, Neubig, KM, Abbott, JR, Beatty, GE, Provan, J, Gomez, MS & Graham, SW 2018, 'Phylogenomic inference in extremis: A case study with mycoheterotroph plastomes', American Journal of Botany, vol. 105, no. 3, pp. 480-494. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajb2.1070
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