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Dr John Gilbey

Dr John GilbeyTelephone: +44 (0)131 244 2408

E-mail: John.Gilbey@gov.scot

Address: Marine Scotland, Freshwater Fisheries Laboratory, Faskally, Pitlochry, PH16 5LB, Scotland, UK

Research Interests

In general terms I am interested in the genetic of salmonid fish, with primary focus on Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L.). I am interested in understanding the salmon genome and using this knowledge to help inform sustainable management of the species. Within the broad topic area my particular focuses currently include:

  • Understanding the population structure of salmon in Scotland and the Eastern Atlantic area
  • Individual assignment of fish in the marine environment to their river of origin and mixed stock analysis of salmon fisheries
  • Interactions of wild and cultured salmon
  • Quantifying potential interactions of migrating salmon with marine renewable resources


I collaborate with a wide range of individuals in Government agencies (SEPA, SNH, EA, CEFAS), fisheries trusts and universities. My primary international collaborations at present are with the Institute of Marine Research (IMR) in Bergen, Norway (http://www.imr.no) and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in Stockholm, Sweden (http://www.slu.se).

External Committees and Responsibilities

I represent Scotland on the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) expert Working Group on Application of Genetics in Fisheries and Mariculture (WGAGFM).

Publications (five most recent)

  • Castellani, M., Heino, M., Gilbey, J., Araki, H., Svåsand, T., and Glover, K. A. 2018. Modelling fitness changes in wild Atlantic salmon populations faced by spawning intrusion of domesticated escapees. Evolutionary Applications, 11(6): 1010-1025.
  • Cauwelier, E., Gilbey, J., Sampayo, J., Stradmeyer, L., and Middlemas, S. 2018. Identification of a single genomic region associated with seasonal river return timing in adult Scottish Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L.) identified using a genome-wide association study. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 75(9): 1427-1435.
  • Cauwelier, E., Stewart, D. C., Millar, C. P., Gilbey, J., and Middlemas, S. J. 2018. Across rather than between river genetic structure in Atlantic salmon Salmo salar in north-east Scotland, UK: potential causes and management implications. J Fish Biol, 92(3): 607-620.
  • Cauwelier, E., Verspoor, E., Coulson, M. W., Armstrong, A., Knox, D., Stradmeyer, L., Webster, L. M. I., et al. 2018. Ice sheets and genetics: Insights into the phylogeography of Scottish Atlantic salmon, Salmo salar L. Journal of Biogeography, 45(1): 51-63.
  • Jeffery, N. W., Wringe, B. F., McBride, M., Hamilton, L. C., Stanley, R. R. E., Bernatchez, L., Clement, M., et al. 2018. Range-wide regional assignment of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) using genome wide single-nucleotide polymorphisms. Fisheries Research, 206: 163-175.

Full publications list

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