Prof Steve Jones

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Name: Steve Jones Email: j.s.jones@ucl.ac.uk
Title: Prof Tel: 0207 679 7416
Department: Genetics, Evolution & Environment Fax:
Position: Principal Research Associate Address: Wolfson House, 4 Stephenson Way, London, NW1 2HE
Research Domain: Basic Life Sciences Web Page:  

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Research Description

Why is there so much genetic diversity? In spite of the huge amounts of polymorphism found in most populations, in most cases we have no idea. I am interested in the relationship between habitat structure and visible variation in snail shell colour and banding pattern. There is a clear fit between the two, and experiments with a paint that fades at a known rate when exposed to the sun shows that animals of different phenotype choose to spend more, or less, time in sunny patches of the habitat. I have extended this work to natural populations of fruit flies, using eye mutants whose appearance depends on the temperature experienced during development, and am now involved in a Europe-wide survey of snail populations to see if there has been any change in gene frequency over the past fifty years and more in response to the changes in climate that have taken place. I have recently been looking at genetic differences in pain reception in populations from different climates and exposure to thermal stress.

Research Activities

Ecological genetics in snails, flies and people

Genetic polymorphism

thermal ecology

Education Description

I organise and give all the lectures in the large Genes to Organisms course B2005, give about half the lectures in Introduction to Human Genetics B2006 and a variety of single lectures in other courses. In addition I give large numbers of lectures and presentation to schools and other outside organisations and estimate that I have spoken directly to well over 100 000 schoolchildren during my career. I appear regularly in the press, radio and television talking about genetics, evolution and related issues to the general public.

UCL Collaborators

Prof Andres Ruiz-Linares

External Collaborators

Publications

    2007

    • Jones S (2007). Coral: a pessimist in paradise.
    • (2007). Twelve Galton Lectures: A Centenary Selection with Commentaries.

    2006

    • Jones JS (2006). Health, Genes, and Environment: Prosperous people, penurious genes. Science, 314, 1879 - . doi:10.1126/science.1136273

    2001

    • Jones S (2001). Darwin's Ghost: The Origin of Species Updated.

    1999

    • Jones JS (1999). Almost Like a Whale: The Origin of Species Updated.
    • Cook LM, Cowie RH, Jones JS (1999). Fitness estimation from gene frequency changes in Cepea. Heredity, 78, 329 - 336.

    1998

    • Cowie RH, Jones JS (1998). Gene frequency change in Cepaea snails on the Marlborough Downs over 25 years. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 65, 233 - 255.

    1995

    • HARRIS DJ, JONES JS (1995). GENOTYPE-SPECIFIC HABITAT SELECTION AND THERMAL ECOLOGY IN NUCELLA-LAPILLUS (L) (THE DOGWHELK). HEREDITY, 74, 311 - 314.
    • Jones CS, Noble LR, Jones JS, Tegelström H, Triggs GS, Berry RJ (1995). Differential male genetic success determines gene flow in an experimentally manipulated mouse population.. Proc Biol Sci, 260(1359), 251 - 256. doi:10.1098/rspb.1995.0088

    1988

    • JONES JS (1988). GAPS IN FOSSIL TEETH - SALTATIONS OR SAMPLING ERRORS. TRENDS ECOL EVOL, 3(8), 208 - 213.