I have been a molecular ecologist at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) since 2006 and work within the Ecosystems group on key plankton and fish species, as well as with environmental DNA from the marine environment. In addition to this, I have a role as an innovation champion, in which I help to promote the benefits of BAS research for society. I also supervise a PhD student from the University of Cambridge and am a guest lecturer for MSc students at Anglia Ruskin University. My BSc was in Agricultural Botany (University of Glasgow) and PhD was in Evolutionary and Environmental Biology (Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh / University of Glasgow). I am currently a research associate at Trinity Hall, fellow of the Linnean Society and member of the Marine Biological Association and Systematics Association.
My research involves using genetics-based methods and morphological analysis to assist with the identification of species, to quantify their diversity, infer their relationships and investigate their traits. In carrying out this research I aim to further our understanding of some key plankton and fish groups, and to generate data of value for ecosystem process models, environmental conservation efforts and technological innovations. Whilst at the British Antarctic Survey I have specialised on the study of krill (Euphausiidae), salps (Salpidae), skates (Rajidae), and multi-species mixtures of marine environmental DNA. Most of my work involves samples obtained from the South West Atlantic sector of the Southern Ocean, although I am increasingly working with comparative material from further north.
Within the British Antarctic Survey I work with colleagues on a diverse range of projects that have a molecular ecological component, while collaborations outside the institute are more focussed on key research interests:
Mark Belchier, Sue Gregory, Ryan Saunders (BAS) – Identification and population diversity of skates
Elaine Fitzcharles (BAS) – Identification and population diversity of toothfish
Jen Jackson (BAS) – Population genetics of freshwater copepods
Kevin Newsham (BAS) – Molecular characterisation of fungal-liverwort associations
Geraint Tarling (BAS) – Genetic diversity and ecological traits in krill, marine environmental DNA
Sílvia Pérez Espona (Anglia Ruskin University, UK) – Ecological genetics, environmental DNA
Brenda Parker (University College London, UK) – Biochemistry of salps, nature-inspired engineering
Paul Seear (University of Leicester, UK) – Gene expression associated with ecological traits
Francisco Alemany Llodrá (Balearic Islands Oceanographic Institute, Spain) – Mediterranean salps
Jon Seger (University of Utah, USA) – Population genomics of krill mitochondrial DNA
Seear PJ, Rosato E, Goodall-Copestake WP, Barber I. 2015. The molecular evolution of spiggin nesting glue in sticklebacks. Molecular Ecology (in press).
Goodall-Copestake WP, Pérez-Espona S, Harris DJ, Hollingsworth PM. 2010. The early evolution of the mega-diverse genus Begonia (Begoniaceae) inferred from organelle genome phylogenies. Biological Journal of the Linnaean Society 101: 243-250.
Goodall-Copestake WP, Harris DJ, Hollingsworth PM. 2009. The origin of a mega-diverse genus: dating Begonia (Begoniaceae) using alternative datasets, calibrations and relaxed clock methods. Botanical Journal of the Linnaean Society 159: 363-380.
Pérez-Espona S, Pérez-Barbería FJ, Goodall-Copestake WP, Jiggins CD, Gordon IJ, Pemberton JM. 2009. Genetic diversity and population structure of Scottish Highland red deer (Cervus elaphus) populations: a mitochondrial survey. Heredity 102: 199-210.
Neale S, Goodall-Copestake WP, Kidner CA. 2006. The Evolution of Diversity in Begonia. In: Teixeira da Silva JA ed. Floriculture, Ornamental and Plant Biotechnology: Advances and Topical Issues. Global Science Books.
Hollingsworth PM, Dawson IK, Goodall-Copestake WP, Richardson JE, Weber C, Sotelo Montes C, Pennington RT. 2005. Do farmers reduce genetic diversity when they domesticate tropical trees? A case study from Amazonia. Molecular Ecology 14: 497-501.
Goodall-Copestake WP, Hollingsworth ML, Hollingsworth PM, Jenkins G, Collin E. 2005. Molecular Markers and ex situ conservation of the European elms (Ulmus spp.). Biological Conservation 122: 537-546.
Pennington RT, Pendry CA, Goodall-Copestake WP, O’Sullivan S. 2004. Phylogenetic analysis of Ruprechtia. In: Pendry CA. A monograph of Ruprecthia (Polygonaceae). Systematic Botany Monographs 67: 12-17.
Lowe AJ, Goodall-Copestake WP, Caron H, Kremer A, Decroocq S. 2002. A set of polymorphic microsatellites for Vochysia ferruginea, a promising tree for land reclamation in the Neotropics. Molecular Ecology Notes 2: 209-210.
Ouborg NJ, Goodall-Copestake WP, Saumitou-Laprade P, Bonnin I, Epplen JT. 2000. Novel polymorphic microsatellite loci isolated from the yellow waterlily, Nuphar lutea. Molecular Ecology 9: 497-498.
Seear, P.J., Rosato, E., Goodall-Copestake, W.P., Barber, I.. (2015) The molecular evolution of spiggin nesting glue in sticklebacks. Molecular Ecology. doi:10.1111/mec.13317 (In Press)
Newsham, K.K., Goodall-Copestake, W.P., Ochyra, R., Vana, J.. (2014) Mycothalli of the hepatic Barbilophozia hatcheri in Antarctica: distribution and identities of mycobionts. Fungal Ecology, 11. 91-99. 10.1016/j.funeco.2014.05.001
Goodall-Copestake, W. P.. (2014) Morphological and molecular characterization of salps (Thalia spp.) from the Tristan da Cunha archipelago. Journal of Plankton Research, 36. 883-888. doi:10.1093/plankt/fbu013
Nielsen, Johanna F., English, Sinead, Goodall-Copestake, Will P., Wang, Jinliang, Walling, Craig A., Bateman, Andrew W., Flower, Tom P., Sutcliffe, Robert L., Samson, Jamie, Thavarajah, Nathan K., Kruuk, Loeske. E. B., Clutton-Brock, Tim H., Pemberton, Josephine M.. (2012) Inbreeding and inbreeding depression of early life traits in a cooperative mammal. Molecular Ecology, 21. 2788-2804. 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2012.05565.x
Seear, Paul J., Goodall-Copestake, William P., Fleming, Andrew H., Rosato, Ezio, Tarling, Geraint A.. (2012) Seasonal and spatial influences on gene expression in Antarctic krill Euphausia superba. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 467. 61-75. doi:10.3354/meps09947
Goodall-Copestake, W.P., Tarling, G.A., Murphy, E.J.. (2012) On the comparison of population-level estimates of haplotype and nucleotide diversity: a case study using the gene cox1 in animals. Heredity, 109. 50-56. 10.1038/hdy.2012.12
Leese, Florian, Brand, Philipp, Rozenberg, Andrey, Mayer, Christoph, Agrawal, Shobhit, Dambach, Johannes, Dietz, Lars, Doemel, Jana S., Goodall-Copestake, William P., Held, Christoph, Jackson, Jennifer A., Lampert, Kathrin P., Linse, Katrin, Macher, Jan N., Nolzen, Jennifer, Raupach, Michael J., Rivera, Nicole T., Schubart, Christoph D., Striewski, Sebastian, Tollrian , Ralph, Sands, Chester J.. (2012) Exploring Pandora’s Box: potential and pitfalls of low coverage genome surveys for evolutionary biology. PLoS One, 7. 19 pp. 10.1371/journal.pone.0049202
Seear, Paul J., Tarling, Geraint A., Burns, Gavin, Goodall-Copestake, Will P., Gaten, Edward, Ozkaya, Ozge, Rosato, Ezio. (2010) Differential gene expression during the moult cycle of Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba). BMC Genomics, 11. 13 pp. 10.1186/1471-2164-11-582
Tarling, Geraint A., Ensor, Natalie S., Fregin, Torsten, Goodall-Copestake, Will P., Fretwell, Peter. (2010) An introduction to the biology of Northern krill (Meganyctiphanes norvegica Sars). In: The biology of Northern krill, London, Academic Press, 1-40. (Advances in Marine Biology, ).
Goodall-Copestake, WP, Perez-Espona, S, Clark, MS, Murphy, EJ, Seear, PJ, Tarling, GA. (2010) Swarms of diversity at the gene cox1 in Antarctic krill. Heredity, 104. 513-518. 10.1038/hdy.2009.188
Sands, Chester J., McInnes, Sandra J., Marley, Nigel J., Goodall-Copestake, William P., Convey, Peter, Linse, Katrin. (2008) Phylum Tardigrada: an “individual” approach. Cladistics, 24. 861-871. 10.1111/j.1096-0031.2008.00219.x