William Davidson


  • B.Sc., Edinburgh University 
  • Ph.D., Queen's University

Research Interests

The Davidson Research Group uses genomics and genetics to understand the basic biology of salmonid fishes and to apply this information to the production and conservation of salmon and char. The biological questions that we are addressing span the realms of ecology, conservation biology, physiology, natural history, molecular evolution and comparative genomics. Specific projects that are ongoing in the lab include: an examination of genes involved in sex determination; the identification and characterization of genes that govern upper temperature tolerance, growth and sexual maturity with the goal of incorporating variants in these genes into marker assisted breeding programs; and the characterization of gene duplicates and their fate after a whole genome duplication. We are also interested in how salmon find their way back to their natal streams and the involvement of olfaction in this process.

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Selected Publications

  • Gutierrez, Yanez, Fukui, Swift and Davidson. Genome-wide association study (GWAS) for growth rate and age at sexual maturation in Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar). PLoS One 2015
  • Tessarolo, Tabesh, Nesbitt and Davidson. Genomic organization and evolution of the trace amine-associated receptor (TAAR) repertoire in Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar). G3 2014
  • Eisbrenner, Botwright, Cook, Davidson, Dominik, Elliott, Henshall, Jones, Kube, Lubieniecki, Peng and Davidson. Evidence for multiple sex-determining loci in Tasmanian Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar). Heredity 2014

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