This is a list of the publications produced in the BONUS project BaltGene


Ab Ghani NI, Herczeg G, Merilä J, 2012. Body size divergence in nine-spined sticklebacks: disentangling additive genetic and maternal effects. Biological Journal of Linnean Society 107: 521-528


Ab Ghani NI, Herczeg G, Leinonen T, Merilä J. 2013.  Evidence for genetic differentiation in timing of maturation among nine-spined stickleback populations. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 2013 Apr;26(4):775-82. doi: 10.1111/jeb.12085

Andersen O, De Rosa MC, Pirolli D, Tooming-Klunderud A, Petersen PE, Andre C. 2011. Polymorphism, selection and tandem duplication of transferrin genes in Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) - Conserved synteny between fish monolobal and tetrapod bilobal transferrin loci. BMC Genetics 2011, 12:51. doi:10.1186/1471-2156-12-51

André C, Larsson LC, Laikre L, Bekkevold D, Brigham J, Carvalho GR, Dahlgren TG, Hutchinson WF, Mariani S, Mudde K, Ruzzante DE, Ryman N. 2010. Detecting population structure in a high gene-flow species, Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus): direct, simultaneous evaluation of neutral versus putatively selected loci. Heredity, 2010, 104:40-51. doi: 10.1038/hdy.2010.71.


Charlier J, Palmé A, Laikre L, Andersson J, Ryman N. 2011. Census (Nc) and genetically effective (Ne) population size in a lake-resident population of brown trout Salmo trutta. Journal of Fish Biology, 2011, 79, 2074-2082. doi:10.1111/j.1095-8649.2011.03124.x


Corander J, Majander KK, Cheng L, Merilä J. 2013. High degree of cryptic population differentiation in the Baltic Sea herring Clupea harengusMolecular Ecology, 2013 Jun;22(11):2931-40  doi:10.1111/mec.12174


Corell H, Moksnes PO, Engqvist A, Döös K, Jonsson PR. Depth distribution of larvae critically affects their dispersal and the efficiency of marine protected areasMarine Ecology Progress Series (2012) 467:29-46, doi: 10.3354/meps09963 


DeFaveri J,  Jonsson PR, Merilä J. 2013. Heterogeneous genomic differentiation in marine threespine sticklebacks: adaptation along an environmental gradient. Evolution (2013) 67:2530-2546, doi: 10.1111/evo.12097


DeFaveri J, Merilä J. 2013. Evidence for adaptive phenotypic differentiation in Baltic Sea sticklebacks.  Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 2013 Aug;26(8):1700-15, doi: 10.1111/jeb.12168


DeFaveri J, Shikano T, Ab Ghani IN, Merilä J. 2012. Contrasting population structures in two sympatric fishes in the Baltic Sea basin. Marine Biology 159: 1659-1672. doi:10.1007/s00227-012-1951-4


DeFaveri J, Shikano T, Shimada Y, Goto A, Merilä J. 2011. Global analysis of genes involved in freshwater adaptation in threespine sticklebacks (Gasterosteus aculeatus). Evolution 65: 1800-1807. doi:10.1111/j.1558-5646.2011.01247.x


DeFaveri J, Viitanen H, Leder E, Merilä J. 2013. Characterizing genic and non-genic molecular markers: comparison of microsatellites and SNPs.  Molecular Ecology Resources, 2013 May;13(3):377-92, doi: 10.1111/1755-0998


Forslund H, Eriksson O, Kautsky L. Grazing and geographic range of the Baltic
seaweed Fucus radicans (Phaeophyceae). Marine Biology Reseach 2012, 8, 322-330. doi:10.1080/17451000.2011.637565 


Herczeg G, Ab Ghani NI, Merilä J. 2013. Evolution of stickleback feeding behaviour: genetics of population divergence at different ontogenetic stages.  Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 2013 May;26(5):955-62, doi:10.1111/jeb.12103


Herczeg G, Turtiainen M, Merilä J. 2010. Morphological divergence of North-European nine-spined sticklebacks (Pungitius pungitius): signatures of parallel evolution. Biological Journal of Linnean Society 101: 403-416. doi:10.1111/j.1095-8312.2010.01518.x


Jackson JA, Laikre L, Baker CS, Kendall KC, the Genetic Monitoring Working Group. Guidelines for collecting and maintaining archives for genetic monitoring. Conservation Genetic Resources, doi 10.1007/s12686-011-9545-x


Johannesson K, Forslund H, Åstrand Capetillo N, Kautsky L, Johansson D, Pereyra RT and Råberg S. Phenotypic variation in sexually and asexually recruited individuals of the Baltic Sea endemic macroalga Fucus radicans: in the field and after growth in a common-garden. BMC Ecology 2012, 12:2, doi:10.1186/1472-6785-12-2


Johannesson K, Johansson D, Larsson KH, Huenchunir CJ, Perus J, Forslund AH, Kautsky L, Pereyra RT. 2011. Frequent clonality in fucoids (Fucus radicans and F. vesiculosus; Fucales Phaeophyceae) in the Baltic Sea. Journal of Phycology 47, 990-998 (2011)


Johannesson K, Smolarz K, Grahn M, André C. 2011. The Future of Baltic Sea Populations: Local Extinction or Evolutionary Rescue? AMBIO 40:179-190. DOI: 10.1007/s13280-010-0129-x


Kahilainen KK, Teacher AGF, Kähkönen K, Vinni M, Lehtonen H, Merilä J. 2011. First record of natural hybridization and introgression between pikeperch Sander lucioperca and perch Perca fluviatilis. Annales Zoologici Fennici 48: 39-44.


Kijewski T, Śmietanka B, Zbawicka M, Gosling E, Hummel H, Wenne R. 2011. Distribution of Mytilus taxa in European coastal areas as inferred from molecular markers. Journal of Sea Research 65 (2011) 224-234.


Laikre L. 2010. Genetic diversity is overlooked in international conservation policy implementation. Conservation Genetics 11:349–354 (2010).


Laikre L, Allendorf FW, Aroner LC, Baker CS, Gregovich DP, Hansen MM, Jackson JA, Kendall KC, McKelvey K, Neel MC, Olivieri I, Ryman N, Schwartz MK, Shortbull R, Stetz JB, Tallmon DA, Taylor BL, Vojta CD, Waller DM, Waples RS. 2010. Neglect of Genetic Diversity in Implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity. Conservation Biology 24:86–88 (2010a).


Laikre L, Nilsson T, Primmer CR, Ryman N, Allendorf FW. 2009. Importance of genetics in the interpretation of Favourable Conservation Status. Conservation Biology, 23(6), 1378-1381 (2009).


Laikre L, Schwartz MK, Waples RS, Ryman N, and The GeM Working Group. Compromising genetic diversity in the wild: unmonitored large-scale release of plants and animals. 2010. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 25:520-529 (2010b).


Larsson LC, Laikre L, André C, Dahlgren TG, Ryman N. 2010. Temporally stable genetic structure of heavily exploited Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus) in Swedish waters. Heredity, 104:40-51 (2010).


Limborg MT, Hanel R, Debes PV, Ring AK, André C, Tsigenopoulos CS, Bekkevold D. Imprints from genetic drift and mutation imply relative divergence times across marine transition zones in a pan-European small pelagic fish (Sprattus sprattus).
Heredity 2012, 00, 1-12, doi:10.1038/hdy.2012.18 


Lind, T. 2011. “What’s the problem with fish stocking?” Research report, 25pp. Luleå University of Technology, Sweden. 


Luttikhuizen PC, Drent J, van der Veer HW, Johannesson K.  2012. Genetic architecture in a marine hybrid zone: outlier detection and genomic clone analysis in the marine bivalve Macoma balthica. Molecular Ecology, published online 3 May 2012: doi: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2012.05586.x


Nilsson Jacobi M, André C, Döös K, Jonsson PR. Identification of subpopulations from connectivity matrices. Ecography 2011, 21(5):1861-1870.


Olsson J, Florin AB, Mo K, Aho T, Ryman N. 2012. Genetic structure of whitefish (Coregonus maraena) in the Baltic Sea. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science (2012) 97, 104-113.


Olsson J, Mo K, Florin AB, Aho T, Ryman N. 2011. Genetic population structure of perch Perca fluviatilis along the Swedish coast of the Baltic Sea. Journal of Fish Biology (2011) 79(1), 122-137.


Papakostas S, Vasemägi A, Peil L, Himberg M, Vähä JP, Primmer CR. 2012. A proteomics approach reveals divergent molecular responses to salinity in populations of European whitefish (Coregonus lavaretus). Molecular Ecology  2012, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2012.05553.x.


Pereyra RT, Bergström L, Kautsky L, Johannesson K. 2009. Rapid speciation in a newly opened postglacial marine environment, the Baltic Sea. BMC Evolutionary Biology 2009, 9:70, doi:10.1186/1471-2148-9-70.


Ryman N, Allendorf FW, Jorde PE, Laikre L, Hössjer O. Samples from subdivided populations yield biased estimates of effective size that overestimate the rate of loss of genetic variation. Molecular Ecology 2013, doi: 10.1111/1755-0998.12154. PubMed


Sandström A. 2010. Institutional and substantial uncertainty—Explaining the lack of adaptability in fish stocking policy. Marine Policy, Volume 34, Issue 6, November 2010, Pages 1357-1365


Sandström A. 2011. Navigating a complex policy system – Explaining local divergences in Swedish fish stocking policy. Marine Policy, Volume 35, Issue 3, May 2011. Pages 419-425.


Sandström, A. 2011. “Social networks, learning and joint image building”. In Bodin, Ö., and C. Prell, Social networks and natural resource management: uncovering the social fabric of environmental governance. Cambridge University Press.


Sevä, M. 2012. A comparative case study of fish stocking between Sweden and Finland: Explaining differences in decision making at the street level. Marine Policy Journal, 2013 (38):287-292


Shikano T, Shimada Y, Herczeg G, Merilä J. 2010. History vs. habitat type: explaining the genetic structure of European nine-spined stickleback (Pungitius pungitius) populations. Molecular Ecology 19: 1147-1161. doi:10.1111/j.1365-294X.2010.04553.x


Teacher AGF, André C, Jonsson PR, Merilä J. Oceanographic connectivity and environmental correlates of genetic structuring in Atlantic herring in the Baltic Sea. Evolutionary Applications (2013). doi: 10.1111/eva.12042


Teacher AGF, André C, Merilä J, Wheat CW. Whole mitochondrial genome scan for population structure and selection in the Atlantic herring. BMC Evolutionary Biology (2012) 12:248 doi:10.1186/1471-2148-12-248 


Teacher AGF, Kähkönen K, Merilä J. 2011. Development of 61 new transcriptome-derived microsatellites for the Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus). Conservation Genetics Resources.

DOI: 10.1007/s12686-011-9477-5


Teacher AGF, Shikano T, Karjalainen ME, Merilä J. 2011. Phylogeography and genetic structuring of European nine-spined sticklebacks (Pungitius pungitius) - mitochondrial DNA evidence. PLoS ONE 6(5): e19476.


Trokovic N, Herczeg G, Ab Ghani NI, Takahito Shikano T, Merilä J. 2012. High levels of fluctuating asymmetry in isolated stickleback populations. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 2012, 12:115 doi:10.1186/1471-2148-12-115


Trokovic N, Herczeg G, McCairns RJS, Ab Ghani NI, Merilä J. 2011. Intraspecific divergence in the lateral line system in the nine-spined stickleback (Pungitius pungitius). Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 2011, 24: 1546-1558. doi:10.1111/j.1420-9101.2011.02286.x


Wennerström L, Laikre L, Ryman N, Utter FM, Ab Ghani NI, André C, DeFaveri J, Johansson D, Kautsky L, Merilä J, Mikhailova N, Pereyra R, Sandström A, Teacher AGF, Wenne R, Vasemägi A, Zbawicka M, Johannesson K, Primmer CR. Genetic biodiversity in the Baltic Sea: species-specific patterns challenge managementBiodiversity and ConservationDOI 10.1007/s10531-013-0570-9


Välimäki K, Herczeg G, Merilä J. 2012. Morphological antipredation defences in the nine-spined stickeleback: consititutive, induced or both? Biological Journal of Linnean Society, 107: 854–866. doi: 10.1111/j.1095-8312.2012.01989.x 


Zbawicka M, Sanko T, Strand J, Wenne R. 2014. New SNP markers reveal largely concordant clinal variation across the hybrid zone between Mytilus spp. in the Baltic Sea. Aquatic Biology, 2014 (21) 25-36. 





Conference reports & presentations

Genelt-Yanovsky EA, Mikhailova NA. (2010) Monitoring the genetic structure of cockles populations in the Barents and Baltic Seas as a tool for biodiversity assessment and conservation. Proceedings of the Second Youth Environmental Congress "Northern Palmira". 16-18 Nov. 2010. Publisher of the St. Petersburg Research Centre for Ecological Safety. P. 235-240.


Forslund H, Kautsky, L., Johannesson, K and Pereyra R. Reproductive barriers in the sympatric seaweeds Fucus radicans and Fucus vesiculosus (poster at the Conference “Visions of the Sea” Stockholm, 21-23 Nov. 2011. Sweden.


Palmé A, Wennerström L, Guban P, Laikre L (editors) 2012. Stopping compensatory releases of salmon in the Baltic Sea. Good or bad for Baltic salmon gene pools? Report from the Baltic Salmon 2012 symposium and workshop, Stockholm University February 9–10, 2012. Davidsons Tryckeri, Växjö, Sweden.


Palmé A, Wennerström L, Guban P, Ryman N, Laikre L. 2012. Conclusions on conservation genetic risks associated with compensatory releases of salmon in the Baltic Sea. A brief summery of a synthesis report to the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management, September 2012. Department of Zoology, Division of Population Genetics, Stockholm University, Sweden.


Palmé A, Wennerström L, Guban P, Ryman N, Laikre L. 2012. Compromising Baltic salmon genetic diversity - conservation genetic risks associated with compensatory releases of salmon in the Baltic Sea. Havs- och vattenmyndighetens rapport 2012:18


Sandström, A. 2011. 'The challenges of adaptive management: Navigating institutional complexities and substantial uncertainties in fish stocking policy', Resilience 2011, Tempe, Arizona, USA, 11-03-11 - 16-03-11. Abstract.

Sańko T., Burzyński A., Wenne R., Transcriptome analysis of mussel (Mytilus trossulus) from the Baltic, III Polski Kongres Genetyki, Lublin, 12-15.09.2010,

Conference materials, abstract, p. 134.


Schagerström, E. Scales and functions in Baltic Fucus forests. Oral presentation at the Baltic Sea Science Congress St. Petersburg Aug. 2011, data from the BONUS BaltGene project


Zbawicka M, Drywa A, Wenne R: Identification and validation of novel SNP markers in European populations of marine mussels Mytilus. 13th Congress of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology, 20 – 25.08.2011, Tübingen, Germany, abstract. 


Nordic Marine Science Today. Highlights from the Nordic marine Sciences Conference 2010, Strömstad. Swedish Society of Marine Sciences and University of Gothenburg. 16 pp.


Doctoral theses

Ardehed A. (2015) Patterns of evolution in a young species, the Baltic seaweed Fucus radicans. University of Gothenburg, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, ISBN: 978-91-85529-81-0

Charlier J. 2011. Monitoring gene level biodiversity – aspects and considerations in the context of conservation. Doctoral thesis 2011. Department of Zoology, Stockholm University, 60 pp. ISBN 978-91-7447-353-7


De Faveri J. (2013). Genetics of Local Adaptation in theThree-spined Stickleback. Doctoral thesis 2013. University of Helsinki, Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Department of Biosciences, Ecological Genetics Research Unit. ISBN: 978-952-10-9319-7  


Forslund H. (2012). Herbivory, phenotypic variation, and reproductive barriers in fucoids. Doctoral thesis 2012. Department of Botany, Srockholm University. 49 pp. ISBN: 978-91-7447-538-8


Genelt-Yanovsky EA. (2010). Рopulation biology and distribution Сerastoderma edule (Linnaeus, 1758) in north-eastern border area (Murmansk Barents Sea)". Doctoral thesis, University of S:t Petersburg. Defence of thesis - December 2, 2010.


Johansson D.  2013. Evolution of the brown algae Fucus radicans and F. vesiculosus in the Baltic Sea. Doctoral thesis 2013. University of Gothenburg, Faculty of Science, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences. ISBN: 978-91-628-8674-5 


Palmé A. 2010. Assessing and monitoring genetic patterns for conservation purposes with special emphasis on Scandinavia. Doctoral thesis 2011. Department of Zoology, Stockholm University. 61 pp. ISBN: 978-91-7447-130-4


Popular science publications & Public outreach activities

Johannesson K, (2010). Bevara bjälklagsarter – nödvändigt recept för hållbara ecosystem. Biodiverse 2010:4, pp. 10-­‐11


Johannesson K, 2011. Den bortglömda mångfalden. Havsutsikt 2/2011. (Havsutsikt utges av Havsmiljöinstitutets enheter i Göteborg, Stockholm och Umeå.


Johannesson K, 2011. Ta fisken och miljön I samma båt. Framtider nr 3/11 (Framtider utges av Institutet för framtidsstudier, Stockholm).


Nordic Marine Science Today. Highlights from the Nordic marine Sciences Conference 2010, Strömstad. Swedish Society of Marine Sciences and University of Gothenburg. 16 pp.


Lind T. (2011). What's the problem with fish stocking? Belief coalitions in Sweden's alien species policy. Student report, Luleå University of Technology. 25 pp.

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