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Sarah Bourlat

Researcher

Sarah Bourlat
Researcher
sarah.bourlat@marine.gu.se
+46 31 786 3863

Room number: 5118
Postal Address: Box 461, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Carl Skottbergsgata 22 B , 41319 Göteborg


Department of Marine Sciences (More Information)
Box 461
40530 Göteborg

Visiting Address: Carl skottsbergs gata 22 b , 41319 Göteborg

About Sarah Bourlat

Researcher

Zoological building

Previous positions

2008-2010 Postdoctoral research associate, Department of Invertebrate Zoology, Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm (Sweden)
2004-2007 BBSRC Postdoctoral research associate, University College London (UK)
2002-2004 Wellcome Trust postdoctoral research associate, Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge (UK)

Keywords: Environmental genomics, metagenetics, DNA barcoding, ecological niche modelling, biodiversity informatics, phylogenetics, mitogenomics.

Research interests

My research interests range from understanding the evolutionary patterns underlying the diversity of animals, to developing novel ways to measure biodiversity in marine ecosystems and to model changes in species distributions in space and time. To answer these questions, I use molecular, phylogenetic, metagenetic and species distribution modeling methods. In addition, I am interested in the challenge of taking the most relevant scientific results and research methods and integrating them into policy.

Projects

Vetenskapsrådet (Swedish Research Council)- Biodiversity genomics: Species identification pipelines for analysing marine invertebrate larval stages, community structure, and trophic interactions (PI)

Genomics in marine ecosystems

Marine communities harbour a great diversity of invertebrate taxa both in the benthic and pelagic zones. They represent some of the most biologically diverse ecosystems on earth, especially among the microscopic invertebrates, but most of this diversity has yet to be described. I am developing molecular and computational methods to facilitate the identification of microscopic invertebrate groups from benthic and pelagic samples and from fish stomach contents. These tools open new possibilities for studying trophic chains, life history strategies, larval dispersal and biodiversity among marine invertebrates and will allow more accurate and rapid observations of ecosystem structure and function.
There is an increasing need worldwide for monitoring to feed into management and decision making. For a review of the use of molecular approaches in next generation marine monitoring programs, see the recently published paper:


http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0025326X13002890


Bourlat, S.J., Borja, A., Gilbert, J., Taylor, M.I., Davies, N., Weisberg, S.B., Griffith, J., Lettieri T., Field, D., Benzie, J., Glöckner, F.O., Rodríguez-Ezpeleta, N., Faith, D.P., Bean, T.P., Obst, M. (2013) Genomics in marine monitoring: new opportunities for assessing marine health status. Marine Pollution Bulletin. 74: 19-31.

Ecological niche modelling of Baltic invasive species

Influx of non-indigenous species to the Baltic has been increasing in recent years, especially from the Pontocaspian area, which has a similar brackish environment. We are using ecological niche modeling (ENM) to identify biogeographic regions which are sensitive to invasion by non-indigenous marine species in different ecosystems in the Baltic Sea, using future climate models.

Read the paper here:
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0025326X15002350

Leidenberger S., Obst M., Kulawik R., Stelzer K., Heyer K., Hardisty A., Bourlat S.J. (2015) Evaluating the potential of ecological niche modelling as a component in marine non-indigenous species risk assessments. Marine Pollution Bulletin. In press.

Courses

‘An introduction to bioinformatic tools for metagenetic and population genomic data analysis’, Sven Lovén Centre for Marine Sciences Tjärnö. (Course organizer)
Course web page: https://sites.google.com/site/bioinformaticpipelines2014/

Sarah Bourlat is a member of the The Linnaeus Centre for Marine Evolutionary Biology www.cemeb.science.gu.se


Sarah Bourlat – Selected publications

Leidenberger S., De Giovanni R., Kulawik R., Williams A., Bourlat S.J. (2014) Mapping present and future predicted distribution patterns for a meso-grazer guild in the Baltic Sea. Journal of Biogeography. DOI: 10.1111/jbi.12395.

Nakano H., Lundin K., Bourlat S.J., Telford M.J., Funch P., Obst M., Thorndyke M.C. (2013) Xenoturbella bocki has direct development with similarities to Acoelomorpha, Nature Communications. 4:1537, DOI: 10.1038/ncomms2556.

Bourlat, S.J., Rota-Sabelli, O., Lanfear, R. and Telford, M.J. (2009). The mitochondrial genome structure of Xenoturbella bocki (phylum Xenoturbellida) is ancestral within the deuterostomes. BMC Evolutionary Biology. 9:107.

Bourlat, S.J. & Hejnol, A. (2009). Acoels. Current Biology. 19(7): R279-R280.

Bourlat, S.J., Nielsen C., Economou A.E., Telford M.J. (2008). Testing the new animal phylogeny: A phylum level molecular analysis of the animal kingdom. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 49: 23-31.

Bourlat, S.J., Juliusdottir, T., Lowe, C.J., Freeman, R., Aronowicz, J., Kirschner, M., Lander, E.S., Thorndyke, M., Nakano, H., Kohn, A.B., Heyland, A., Moroz, L.L., Copley, R.R., Telford, M.J. (2006). Deuterostome phylogeny reveals monophyletic chordates and the new phylum Xenoturbellida. Nature. 444(7115): 85-88.

Bourlat, S.J., Nielsen, C., Lockyer, A.E., Littlewood, D.T., Telford, M.J. (2003). Xenoturbella is a deuterostome that eats molluscs. Nature. 424(6951): 925-8.

 


 

Latest publications

BioVeL: A virtual laboratory for data analysis and modelling in biodiversity science and ecology
Alex R. Hardisty, Finn Bacall, Niall Beard, Maria Paula Balcázar-Vargas, Bachir Balech et al.
BMC Ecology, Journal article 2016
Journal article

Preparation of Amplicon Libraries for Metabarcoding of Marine Eukaryotes Using Illumina MiSeq: The Adapter Ligation Method
Matthieu Leray, Quiterie Haenel, Sarah Bourlat
Marine Genomics: Methods and Protocols, New York, Springer, Chapter in book 2016
Chapter in book

Preparation of Amplicon Libraries for Metabarcoding of Marine Eukaryotes Using Illumina MiSeq: The Dual-PCR Method
Sarah Bourlat, Quiterie Haenel, Jennie Finnman, Matthieu Leray
Marine Genomics: Methods and Protocols, New York, Springer, Chapter in book 2016
Chapter in book

Mapping present and future potential distribution patterns for a meso-grazer guild in the Baltic Sea
Sonja Leidenberger, Renato De Giovanni, Robert Kulawik, Alan R. Williams, Sarah Bourlat
Journal of Biogeography, Journal article 2015
Journal article

Report of the 14th Genomic Standards Consortium Meeting, Oxford, UK, September 17-21, 2012
N. Davies, D Field, L. Amaral-Zettler, K. Barker, M. Bicak et al.
Standards in Genomic Sciences , Journal article 2014
Journal article

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2016

BioVeL: A virtual laboratory for data analysis and modelling in biodiversity science and ecology
Alex R. Hardisty, Finn Bacall, Niall Beard, Maria Paula Balcázar-Vargas, Bachir Balech et al.
BMC Ecology, Journal article 2016
Journal article

Preparation of Amplicon Libraries for Metabarcoding of Marine Eukaryotes Using Illumina MiSeq: The Adapter Ligation Method
Matthieu Leray, Quiterie Haenel, Sarah Bourlat
Marine Genomics: Methods and Protocols, New York, Springer, Chapter in book 2016
Chapter in book

Preparation of Amplicon Libraries for Metabarcoding of Marine Eukaryotes Using Illumina MiSeq: The Dual-PCR Method
Sarah Bourlat, Quiterie Haenel, Jennie Finnman, Matthieu Leray
Marine Genomics: Methods and Protocols, New York, Springer, Chapter in book 2016
Chapter in book

2015

Mapping present and future potential distribution patterns for a meso-grazer guild in the Baltic Sea
Sonja Leidenberger, Renato De Giovanni, Robert Kulawik, Alan R. Williams, Sarah Bourlat
Journal of Biogeography, Journal article 2015
Journal article

2014

Report of the 14th Genomic Standards Consortium Meeting, Oxford, UK, September 17-21, 2012
N. Davies, D Field, L. Amaral-Zettler, K. Barker, M. Bicak et al.
Standards in Genomic Sciences , Journal article 2014
Journal article

2013

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