Dr Joel Alves

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

School of Archaeology
36 Beaumont St, Oxford, OX1 2PG

Tel: +44 (0)1865 275116

E-mail: joel.alves@arch.ox.ac.uk

Research Interests

  • Evolutionary Genetics
  • Population Genomics
  • Ancient DNA
  • Domestication
  • Ecological adaptation
  • Host-Parasite Coevolution


2018 - Present: Postdoctoral Researcher. School of Archaeology, University of Oxford

2016 - 2017: Postdoctoral Researcher. Department of Genetics, University of Cambridge & CIBIO-InBIO

2011 - 2015: PhD in Genetics. Department of Genetics, University of Cambridge

2008 - 2010: MSc in Biodiversity, Genetics and Evolution. University of Porto

2005 - 2008: BSc in Biology. University of Porto


Jones MR, Mills LS, Alves PC, Callahan CM, Alves JM, Lafferty DJ, Jiggins FM, Jensen JD, Melo-Ferreira J, Good JM: Adaptive introgression underlies polymorphic seasonal camouflage in snowshoe hares. Science 2018, 360(6395), 1355-1358 (DOI: 10.1126/science.aar5273)

Longdon B, Day JP, Alves JM, Smith SCL, Houslay TM, McGonigle JE, Lucia Tagliaferri T, Jiggins FM: Host shifts result in parallel genetic changes when viruses evolve in closely related species PLoS Pathogens 2018, 14(4): e1006951 (DOI: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1006951)

Crawford J, Alves JM, Palmer WJ, Day JP, Sylla M, Ramasamy R, Surendran SN, Black WC IV, Pain A, Jiggins FM: Population genomics reveals that an anthropophilic population of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in West Africa recently gave rise to American and Asian populations of this major disease vector. BMC Biology 2017 15:16 (DOI: 10.1186/s12915-017-0351-0)

Alves JM, Carneiro M, Afonso S, Lopes S, Garreau H, Boucher S, Allain D, Queney G, Esteves PJ, Bolet G, Ferrand N: Levels and patterns of genetic diversity and population structure in domestic rabbits. PLoS ONE 2015, 10:e0144687 (DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0144687)

Carneiro M, Piorno V, Rubin C-J, Alves JM, Ferrand N, Alves PC, Andersson L: Candidate genes underlying heritable differences in reproductive seasonality between wild and domestic rabbits. Animal Genetics 2015, 46:418-425 (DOI: 10.1111/age.12299)

Carneiro M, Rubin C-J, Di Palma F, Albert FW, Alfoldi J, Barrio AM, Pielberg G, Rafati N, Sayyab S, Turner-Maier J, Younis S, Afonso S, Aken B, Alves JM, et al.: Rabbit genome analysis reveals a polygenic basis for phenotypic change during domestication. Science 2014, 345:1074-1079 (DOI: 10.1126/science.1253714)

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