Dr. David W. G. Stanton

David Stanton

Marie-Curie Fellow

Department of Bioinformatics and Genetics
Swedish Museum of Natural History
Box 50007, SE-104 05 Stockholm

Email: david.stanton@nrm.se

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Current research


SURVIVORHistoric response of a wide-ranging carnivore to climate change (Marie-Curie Fellowship)

This project investigates novel ways of predicting the effects of future climate change on the survival of animal species, focusing on wolves as a case study. Wolves have been forced to adapt to rapid changes in climate over the past c. 40,000 years: They are one of the few carnivores to have survived the Late Pleistocene megafaunal extinctions. This species appears to have undergone a population turnover event at some point in the past 30,000 years, when a morphologically and genetically distinct lineage went extinct, being replaced by the lineage of wolves that persists to the present day. We are describing the details of this extinction and replacement event, and determine the genetic processes that led to this difference between the two populations. 


Brief CV

2018 – Present: Research Fellow, Swedish Museum of Natural History
2015 – 2018: Research Associate, Cardiff University
2014 – 2015: Administrative assistant on the journal Heredity. Cardiff University
2010 – 2014: Ph.D in Molecular Ecology, Organisms and Environment group. Cardiff University, UK. “Phylogeography, population genetics and conservation of the okapi (Okapia johnstoni)”
February 2007 – September 2010: Research assistant, Cardiff University
2004 – 2007: BSc. Biology. Cardiff University, UK. 2.1



Stanton D. W. G., Frandsen P., Waples R. K., Heller R., Russo I. M., Orozco-terWengel P. A., Pedersen C T., Siegismund H R., Bruford M W (2019) More grist for the mill? Species delimitation in the genomic era and its implications for conservation. Conservation Genetics. 20(1) 101ñ113

James S W., Bartz M. L.C., Stanton D. W. G., Conrado A C., Dupont L, Taheri S., Da Silva E., Cunha L., Brown G. G (2019) A neotype for Pontoscolex corethrurus (M¸ller, 1857) (Clitellata) ZooTaxa 4545(1)

Taheri S., James S., Roy V., Decaëns T., Williams B.W., Anderson F., Rougerie R., Chang C.-H., Brown G., Cunha L., Stanton D. W. G., Da Silva E., Chen J-H., Lemmon A. R., Moriarty Lemmon E., Bartz M., Baretta D., Barois I., Lapied E., Coulis M., Dupont L., (2018) Complex taxonomy of the ‘brush tail’ peregrine earthworm Pontoscolex corethrurus. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 124:60-70

Conrado A. C., Arruda H., Stanton D. W. G., James S. W., Kille P., Brown G., Silva E., Dupont L., Taheri S., Morgan A. J., Simões N., Rodrigues A., Montiel R., Cunha L (2017) The complete mitochondrial DNA sequence of the pantropical earthworm Pontoscolex corethrurus (Rhinodrilidae, Clitellata): Mitogenome characterization and phylogenetic positioning. Zookeys. 2017 Aug 8;(688):1-13. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.688.13721. eCollection 2017.

Stanton, D. W. G., Bruford, M. W., Mulville, J. (2016) Colonisation of Scottish islands via long-distance Neolithic transport of red deer (Cervus elephus). Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 283(1828), 2016009

Sherrard-Smith, E., Stanton, D. W. G., Cable, J., Orozco-terWengel, P., Simpson, V. R., Elmeros, M., van Dijk, J., Simonnet, F., Roos, A., Lemarchand, C., Poledník, L., Chadwick, E. A. (2016) Distribution and molecular phylogeny of biliary trematodes (Opisthorchiida) infecting fish-eating mammals (Lutra lutra and Neovison vison) across Europe. Parasitology International. 65(2), 163-170

Sitkoa, J., Bizos, J., Sherrard-Smith, E., Stanton, D. W. G., Komorová, P., Heneberg, P. (2016) Integrative taxonomy of European parasitic flatworms of the genus Metorchis Looss, 1899 (Trematoda: Opisthorchiidae). 65(3), 258–267

Cunha, L., Brown, G. B., Stanton, D. W. G., Da Silva, E., Hansel, F., Jorge, G., McKey, D. (2016) Vidal-Torrado, P., Macedo, R., Velasquez, E., James, S. W., Lavelle, P., Kille, P., Terra Preta De Indio Network. Soil animals and pedogenesis: The role of earthworms in anthropogenic soils. Soil Science, 181(3/4), 110-125

Stanton, D. W. G., Hart, J., Vosper, A., Kümpel, N. F., Wang, J., Ewen, J. G., Bruford, M. W. (2016) Non -invasive genetic identification confirms the presence of okapi (Okapia johnstoni) southwest of the Congo River. Oryx. 50(1), 134-137

Stanton, D. W. G., Helsen, P., Shephard, J., Leus, K., Penfold, L., Hart, J., Kümpel, N. F., Ewen, J. G., Wang, J., Galbusera, P., (2015) Genetic structure of free-ranging and captive okapi (Okapia johnstoni) with implications for management. Conservation Genetics. 16(5), 1115-1126

Stanton, D. W. G., Hart, J., Kümpel, N. F., Vosper, A., Nixon, S., Bruford, M. W., Ewen, J. G., Wang, J., (2015) Enhancing knowledge of the ecology of a highly elusive species, the okapi (Okapia johnstoni), using non-invasive genetic techniques. Journal of Zoology. 295(4), 233-242

Stanton, D. W. G., Hart, J., Galbusera, P., Helsen, P., Shephard, J., Kümpel, N. F., Wang, J., Ewen, J. G., Bruford, M. W. (2014). Distinct and Diverse: Range-Wide Phylogeography Reveals Ancient Lineages and High Genetic Variation in the Endangered Okapi (Okapia johnstoni). PLoS One, 9(7), e101081. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0101081

Stanton, D. W. G., Hobbs, G. I., McCafferty, D. J., Chadwick, E. A., Philbey, A. W., Saccheri, I. J., Slater, F. M., Bruford, M. W. (2014). Contrasting genetic structure of the Eurasian otter (Lutra lutra) across a latitudinal divide. Journal of Mammalogy, 95(4), 814–823. doi:10.1644/13-MAMM-A-201

Morrissey, C. A., Stanton, D. W. G., Tyler, C. R., Pereira, M. G., Newton, J., Durance, I., Ormerod, S. J. (2014). Developmental impairment in Eurasian dipper nestlings exposed to urban stream pollutants. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 33(6), 1315-1323 Doi: 10.1002/etc.2555

Morrissey, C. A., Stanton, D. W. G., Pereira, M. G., Newton, J., Durance, I., Ormerod, S. J. (2013) Eurasian dipper eggs indicate elevated organohalogenated contaminants in urban rivers. Environmental Science and Technology, 47(15) 8931-8939. doi: 10.1021/es402124z.

Crowther, T., Stanton, D. W. G., Thomas, S., A'Bear, A., Hiscox, J., Jones, T., Voříškovác, J., Baldrian, P., Boddy, L. (2012). Top-down control of soil fungal community composition by a globally distributed keystone consumer. Ecology, 94(11), 2518-2528

Ma, Z., Song, H., Zhong, J., Stanton, D. W. G., Wei, Y., & Sun, Y. (2012). Short Communication: molecular characterisation of the wild yak (Bos grunniens mutus) melanocortin receptor-4 (MC4R) gene and a comparative analysis with that of other Bovinae species. Journal of Applied Animal Research, 40(2), 81–85. doi:10.1080/09712119.2012.662775

Stanton, D. W. G., Penfold, L. M., Zhan, X., & Bruford, M. W. (2010). Microsatellite loci for the okapi (Okapia johnstoni). Conservation Genetics Resources, 2, 337–339. doi:10.1007/s12686-010-9235-0

Salgado-Lynn, M., Stanton, D. W. G., Sakong, R., Cable, J., Goossens, B., & Bruford, M. W. (2010). Microsatellite markers for the proboscis monkey (Nasalis larvatus). Conservation Genetics Resources, 2(0), 159-163.doi:10.1007/s12686-010-9295-1

Stanton, D. W. G., Hobbs, G. I., Chadwick, E. A., Slater, F. M., & Bruford, M. W. (2009). Mitochondrial genetic diversity and structure of the European otter (Lutra lutra) in Britain. Conservation Genetics, 10, 733–737. doi:10.1007/s10592-008-9633-y

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