Alex and Lisa just published their first paper together in a special issue of Frontiers in Marine Science focusing on marine environmental epigenetics. Its a genome survey of epigenetic actors in stickleback, with suggestions for how to use some of them in climate change - adaptation studies, as well as in conservation, aquaculture, and assisted evolution. Check it out here.
What's coming next...
Alex conducted an intensive experiment looking at epigenetic reprogramming during gametogenesis and embryogenesis. For that, he acclimated adult fish for 6 weeks at ambient temperature (17°C), +1.5°C and +4°C climate change scenarios, and measured the relative % methylated DNA in brains and gonads after 2, 4 and 6 weeks acclimation. He then measured DNA methylation levels in eggs, sperm, and every embryonic stage until hatching at each of the three experimental temperatures. He found some really cool results which will be presented at ESEB 2019 in the "Transgenerational plasticity in animals" symposium and the "Workshop on causes and consequences of inclusive inheritance" at the Max Planck Institute, Plön in November 2019.