Dr Hayley Tumas

Research interests:

Forestry Genomics


Genomic selection could dramatically accelerate the breeding process and increase the rate of yield gains for the UK forestry industry. However, research is still needed to develop the necessary genomic tools and get high accuracy genomic prediction models for forest tree species. My contribution to this research is helping to build a genetic linkage map for Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis), one of the primary species used in UK forestry. 

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Tumas, H.R., Shamblin, B.M., Woodrey, M.S., Nibbelink, N.P., Chandler, R., Nairn, C.J. 2018. Landscape genetics of the foundational salt marsh plant species black needlerush (Juncus roemerianus Scheele) across the northeastern Gulf of Mexico. Landscape Ecology 33 (9):1585-1601.https://doi.org/10.1007/s10980-018-0687-z

Ferrari, B., Shamblin, B.M., Chandler, R., Tumas, H.R., Hache, L., Reitsma,L., Nairn, C.J. 2018. Canada Warbler (Cardellina canadensis): novel molecular markers and a preliminary analysis of genetic diversity and structure. Avian Conservation and Ecology 13(1): 8. https://dx.doi.org/10.5751/ACE-01176-130108

Lloyd, M.W., Tumas, H.R., Neel, M.C. 2018. Limited pollen dispersal, small genetic neighborhoods, and biparental inbreeding in Vallisneria americana Michx. (Hydrocharitaceae). American Journal of Botany 105(2): 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajb2.1031

Tumas, H.R., Shamblin, B.M., Woodrey, M.S., Nairn, C.J. 2017. Microsatellite markers for population studies on the salt marsh species Juncus roemerianus (Juncaceae). Applications in Plant Sciences 5(3) http://dx.doi.org/10.3732/apps.1600141

Neel M., Tumas H.R., Marsden B.W. 2014. Representing connectivity: quantifying effective habitat availability based on area and connectivity for conservation status assessment and recovery. PeerJ:e622 http://dx.doi.org/10.7717/peerj.622