Dr Selina Brace

Dr Selina Brace

Researcher/co-investigator-Wellcome

Department: Earth Sciences
Division: ES Vertebrates and Anthropology Palaeobiology
Contact: email
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Specialisms

Ancient DNA

Summary

I’m a biologist who works with ancient and degraded DNA to investigate species-level and evolutionary processes. I am interested in late Quaternary environmental changes and how these impact on species. Exploring genetic variation and population structure through time. Also island colonization events and the evolutionary processes involved in adaptive radiation. I am currently employed on a Wellcome Trust funded project: Human adaptation to changing diet and infectious disease loads, from the origins of agriculture to the present. A link between urban living, and an increase in the number of deaths due to transmissible disease and poor diet has often been suggested. This project aims to establish the extent to which humans have evolved to fit the demands of these fundamental changes in living. The team will be examining genetic data from both modern and archaeological individuals, and developing mathematical models to examine how changes in gene frequencies indicate human adaptation.

Qualifications

Degrees

Ph.D, Royal Holloway University of London, United Kingdom, 2007 - 2010

B.Sc. (Hons), University College London, United Kingdom, 2000 - 2004

Employment history

Academic

Researcher/co-investigator-Wellcome, The Natural History Museum, Earth Sciences, United Kingdom, 2013 - ongoing

Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Royal Holloway University of London, Biological Sciences, United Kingdom, 2010 - 2013

Research/Laboratory Technican, University College London, United Kingdom, 2006 - 2007

Honorary Researcher, University College London, United Kingdom, 2005 - 2005

Field Research Site Manager in Kenya, Columbia University, United States, 2004 - 2005

Publications

Brace S, Barnes I, Kitchener AC, Serjeantson D, Turvey ST (2014) Late Holocene range collapse in a former British seabird species. Journal of Biogeography, 41 (8): 1583 - 1589. doi: 10.1111/jbi.12305

Ludtmann MHR, Otto GP, Schilde C, Chen Z-H, Allan CY, Brace S, Beesley PW, Kimmel AR, Fisher P, Killick R, others (2014) An ancestral non-proteolytic role for presenilin proteins in multicellular development of the social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum. Journal of cell science, 127 : 1576 - 1584.

Martínková N, Barnett R, Cucchi T, Struchen R, Pascal M, Pascal M, Fischer MC, Higham T, Brace S, Ho SYW, others (2013) Divergent evolutionary processes associated with colonization of offshore islands. Molecular ecology, 22 : 5205 - 5220.

Brace S, Palkopoulou E, Dalén L, Lister AM, Miller R, Otte M, Germonpré M, Blockley SPE, Stewart JR, Barnes I (2012) Serial population extinctions in a small mammal indicate Late Pleistocene ecosystem instability. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 109 (50): 20532 - 20536. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1213322109

Brace S, Barnes I, Powell A, Pearson R, Woolaver LG, Thomas MG, Turvey ST (2012) Population history of the Hispaniolan hutia Plagiodontia aedium (Rodentia: Capromyidae): testing the model of ancient differentiation on a geotectonically complex Caribbean island. Molecular ecology, 21 (9): 2239 - 2253. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2012.05514.x

Hansford J, Nu nez-Mi no JM, Young RP, Brace S, Brocca JL, Turvey ST (2012) Taxonomy-testing and the ‘Goldilocks Hypothesis’: morphometric analysis of species diversity in living and extinct Hispaniolan hutias. Systematics and Biodiversity, 10 : 491 - 507.

Turvey ST, Brace S, Weksler M (2012) A new species of recently extinct rice rat (< i> Megalomys) from Barbados. Mammalian Biology-Zeitschrift für Säugetierkunde, 77 : 404 - 413.

Field J, Brace S (2004) Pre-social benefits of extended parental care. Nature, 428 : 650 - 652.

Highlighted publications

Martínková N, Barnett R, Cucchi T, Struchen R, Pascal M, et al (2013) Divergent evolutionary processes associated with colonization of offshore islands. Molecular ecology, 22 : 5205 - 5220.

Brace S, Palkopoulou E, Dalén L, Lister AM, Miller R, et al (2012) Serial population extinctions in a small mammal indicate Late Pleistocene ecosystem instability. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 109 (50): 20532 - 20536. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1213322109

Brace S, Barnes I, Powell A, Pearson R, Woolaver LG, et al (2012) Population history of the Hispaniolan hutia Plagiodontia aedium (Rodentia: Capromyidae): testing the model of ancient differentiation on a geotectonically complex Caribbean island. Molecular ecology, 21 (9): 2239 - 2253. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2012.05514.x