Biography

Cock van Oosterhout did his PhD on captive metapopulations of the butterfly Bicyclus anynana at Leiden University in the Netherlands under the supervision of Paul Brakefield.  He moved to the UK in 1998 where he worked on guppies (Poecilia reticulata) in Gary Carvalho's group at the University of Hull.  He received an NERC Fellowship testing conservation genetic breeding protocols, reintroduction and genetic supplementation programs using guppies as an empirical model and did this research in Hull and Trinidad.  He developed software applications, including Micro-Checker for population genetic analysis of microsatellites, as well as models of host-parasite coevolution and population genetic simulations, and more recently, he designs software for whole genome analysis of recombination (HybRIDS).  He is currently a Reader in Evolutionary Genetics at the University of East Anglia and acts as Deputy Director of the Earth and Life Systems Alliance (ELSA), collaborating with researchers across Norwich Research Park (NRP).

Academic Background

  • 2011-present: Reader in Evolutionary Genetics, University of East Anglia (UEA), UK
  • 2007-2011: Lecturer, University of Hull, UK
  • 2003-2007: Senior Fellow, University of Hull, UK
  • 2001-2003: NERC Fellow, University of Hull, UK
  • 1998-2001: Post-doc, University of Hull, UK
  • 1992-2000: PhD Leiden University, the Netherlands
  • 1986-1991: BSc and MSc (Hons) Leiden University, the Netherlands  

PhD Positions

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All Publications

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Bolton, N. M., Van Oosterhout, C., Collar, N. J., Bell, D. J.

(2016)

Population constraints on the Grenada Dove Leptotila wellsi: preliminary findings and proposals from south-west Grenada

in Bird Conservation International

26.

pp. 205-213

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Ward, B. J., Van Oosterhout, C.

(2016)

HYBRIDCHECK: software for the rapid detection, visualization and dating of recombinant regions in genome sequence data

in Molecular Ecology Resources

16.

pp. 534–539

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Gilroy, D., Van Oosterhout, C., Komdeur, J., Richardson, D. S.

(2016)

Avian β-defensin variation in bottlenecked populations: the Seychelles warbler and other congeners

in Conservation Genetics

17.

pp. 661-674

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Stevenson, J. F., Kinsella, C., Cable, J., Van Oosterhout, C.

(2016)

A further cost for the sicker sex? Evidence for male-biased parasite-induced vulnerability to predation

in Ecology and Evolution

6.

pp. 2506–2515

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Svensson, O., Smith, A., Garcia-Alonso, J., Van Oosterhout, C.

(2016)

Hybridisation generates a hopeful monster: a hermaphroditic selfing cichlid

in Royal Society Open Science

3.

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Mohammed, R. S., Reynolds, M., James, J., Williams, C., Mohammed, A., Ramsubhag, A., van Oosterhout, C., Cable, J.

(2016)

Getting into hot water: sick guppies frequent warmer thermal conditions

in Oecologia

181.

pp. 911–917

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Aniceto, A. S., Carroll, J., Tetley, M. J., Van Oosterhout, C.

(2016)

Position, swimming direction and group size of fin whales (Balaenoptera physalus) in the presence of a fast-ferry in the Bay of Biscay

in Oceanologia

58.

pp. 235–240

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Smallbone, W., van Oosterhout, C., Cable, J.

(2016)

The effects of inbreeding on disease susceptibility: Gyrodactylus turnbulli infection of guppies, Poecilia reticulata

in Experimental Parasitology

167.

pp. 32-37

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Stephenson, J. F., Van Oosterhout, C., Mohammed, R. S., Cable, J.

(2015)

Parasites of Trinidadian guppies: evidence for sex- and age-specific trait-mediated indirect effects of predators

in Ecology

96.

pp. 489-498

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Simon, A., Gozlan, R. E., Robert Britton, J., Van Oosterhout, C., Hänfling, B.

(2015)

Human induced stepping-stone colonisation of an admixed founder population: the spread of topmouth gudgeon (Pseudorasbora parva) in Europe

in Aquatic Sciences

77.

pp. 17-25

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Nichols, P., Genner, M. J., Van Oosterhout, C., Smith, A., Parsons, P., Sungani, H., Swanstrom, J., Joyce, D. A.

(2015)

Secondary contact seeds morphological novelty in cichlid fishes

in Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B

282.

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Jouet, A., Mcmullan, M., Van Oosterhout, C.

(2015)

The effects of recombination, mutation and selection on the evolution of the Rp1resistance genes in grasses

in Molecular Ecology

24.

pp. 3077-3092

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McMullan, M., Gardiner, A., Bailey, K., Kemen, E., Ward, B. J., Cevik, V., Robert-Seilaniantz, A., Schultz-Larsen, T., Balmuth, A., Holub, E., Van Oosterhout, C., Jones, J. D.

(2015)

Evidence for suppression of immunity as a driver for genomic introgressions and host range expansion in races of Albugo candida, a generalist parasite

in eLife

4.

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Stephenson, J. F., van Oosterhout, C., Cable, J.

(2015)

Pace of life, predators and parasites: predator-induced life-history evolution in Trinidadian guppies predicts decrease in parasite tolerance.

in Biology Letters

11.

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Van Oosterhout, C., Mock, T., Bentkowski, P.

(2015)

A Model of Genome Size Evolution for Prokaryotes in Stable and Fluctuating Environments

in Genome Biology and Evolution

7.

pp. 2344–2351

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Xavier, R., Faria, P. J., Paladini, G., Van Oosterhout, C., Johnson, M., Cable, J.

(2015)

Evidence for Cryptic Speciation in Directly Transmitted Gyrodactylid Parasites of Trinidadian Guppies

in PLoS ONE

10.

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Li, P., Filiault, D., Box, M. S., Kerdaffrec, E., Van Oosterhout, C., Wilczek, A. M., Schmitt, J., Mcmullan, M., Bergelson, J., Nordborg, M., Dean, C.

(2014)

Multiple FLC haplotypes defined by independent cis-regulatory variation underpin life history diversity in Arabidopsis thaliana

in Genes & Development

28.

pp. 1635-1640

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Lighten, J., Van Oosterhout, C., Bentzen, P.

(2014)

Critical review of NGS analyses for de novo genotyping multigene families

in Molecular Ecology

23.

pp. 3957-3972

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Lighten, J., Van Oosterhout, C., Paterson, I. G., McMullan, M., Bentzen, P.

(2014)

Ultra-deep Illumina sequencing accurately identifies MHC class IIb alleles and provides evidence for copy number variation in the guppy (Poecilia reticulata)

in Molecular Ecology Resources

14.

pp. 753-767

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Tezuka, A., Kasagi, S., Van Oosterhout, C., Mcmullan, M., Iwasaki, W. M., Kasai, D., Yamamichi, M., Innan, H., Kawamura, S., Kawata, M.

(2014)

Divergent selection for opsin gene variation in guppy (Poecilia reticulata) populations of Trinidad and Tobago

in Heredity

113.

pp. 381-389

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Key Research Interests

  1. Evolution and population genetics of birds, fish, insects, plants, fungi and oomycetes. 
  2. The effects of recombination, hybridisation and introgression in evolutionary genetics and genomics.
  3. Population genetics and evolution of the vertebrate immune genes, the MHC
  4. Design of population genetic software for the analysis of microsatellite loci: Micro-Checker (www.microchecker.hull.ac.uk/)
  5. Design of genome analysis software for the detection of recombination: HybRIDS (www.norwichresearchpark.com/HybRIDS)
  6. Host-parasite coevolution and the design of individual based models to investigate parasite transmission biology: Gyro-Scope (www.hull.ac.uk/gyro-scope/)

 

Publications: EPrints Digital Repository

Key Responsibilities

  • Deputy Director of the Earth and Life Systems Alliance (ELSA) 
  • Deputy Senior Advisor