Senior Lab Manager and Micro,Molecular Lab Suite Manager
I have been employed at BAS since 2003, with my career progressing from my original employment as Genomics Technician through MicroMolecular Lab Suite Manager (2008) to my current role as Senior Laboratory Manager (2013). Previous to this role I worked as a Forensic DNA Scientist. I have a B.Sc. in Marine & Environmental Biology (University of St Andrews), a M.Sc. in Science (Open University) and have recently completed a part-time PhD on Genetic Diversity of Antarctic Fish (University of St Andrews). I am a member of the Institute of Safety in Research and Technology, a member of the Institute for Science and Technology and a Registered Biosafety Practitioner.
My research interests focus on species identification and understanding of populations structures using genetic techniques, such as DNA barcoding and microsatellite analysis. Previous work has included a variety of Antarctic marine invertebrates and bird species. My main area of interest is Antarctic deep sea fish, particularly the Patagonian toothfish (Dissostichus eleginoides) and associated by-catch species, Grenadiers (Macrourus) and eel cods (Muraenolepis).
Waller, Catherine L., Overall, Andy, Fitzcharles, Elaine, Griffiths, Huw. (2017) First report of Laternula elliptica in the Antarctic intertidal zone. Polar Biology, 40. 227-230. 10.1007/s00300-016-1941-y
Fitzcharles, Elaine M.. (2014) Genetic Diversity of Antarctic Fish. University of St. Andrews, PhD thesis
Linse, Katrin, Jackson, Jennifer A., Fitzcharles, Elaine, Sands, Chester J., Buckeridge, John S.. (2013) Phylogenetic position of Antarctic scalpelliformes (Crustacea: Cirripedia: Thoracica). Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers, 73. 99-116. doi:10.1016/j.dsr.2012.11.006
Fitzcharles, E.M.. (2012) Rapid discrimination between four Antarctic fish species, genus Macrourus, using HRM analysis. Fisheries Research, 127. 166-170. 10.1016/j.fishres.2012.02.002
Hart, Tom, Fitzcharles, Elaine, Trathan, Philip N., Coulson, Tim, Rogers, Alex D.. (2009) Testing and improving the accuracy of discriminant function tests: a comparison between morphometric and molecular sexing in Macaroni Penguins. Waterbirds, 32. 437-443. 10.1675/063.032.0309
Rogers, A.D., Morley, S.A., Fitzcharles, E., Jarvis, K., Belchier, M.. (2006) Genetic structure of Patagonian toothfish (Dissostichus eleginoides) populations on the Patagonian Shelf and Atlantic and western Indian Ocean sectors of the Southern Ocean. Marine Biology, 149. 915-924. doi:10.1007/s00227-006-0256-x