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Professor SEYMOUR Mathew

Professor SEYMOUR Mathew

Assistant Professor , School of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, HKU

Bsc (University of Wyoming, Laramie, USA), Msc (Hólar University, Hólar, Iceland), PhD (ETH, Zurich, Switzerland)

  • 3917 3608
  • 2858 3477
  • KBSB 3S-16

Teaching Areas

  • Environmental DNA
  • Molecular Ecology
  • Community Ecology
  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Aquatic Ecology
  • Environmental Assessment
  • Metabarcoding

Research Interests

  • Environmental DNA
  • Biomonitoring
  • Landscape ecology
  • Conservation biology
  • Community ecology
  • Molecular ecology
  • Molecular tool development
  • Bioinformatics

Current Research

  • Using environmental DNA metabarcoding to reveal genetic fish diversity in multiple marine systems of South Africa
  • Modelling Arctic charr population dynamics to assess the outcome of management interventions
  • Monitoring biodiversity recovery after trawling using environmental DNA approaches
  • Assessing global biogeographic patterns of invertebrate biodiversity using metabarcoding

Publications and News

  • Seymour M, Edwards F, Cosby J, Scarlet P, Bista I, Brailsford F, Glanville H, de Bruyn M, Carvalho G, Creer S. (2021). Environmental DNA provides higher resolution assessment of riverine biodiversity and ecosystem function via spatio-temporal nestedness and turnover partitioning. Communications Biology.
  • Seymour M, Edwards F, Cosby J, de Bruyn M, Carvalho G, Creer S. Executing multi-taxa eDNA ecological assessment via traditional metrics and interactive networks (2020) Science of the Total Environment DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.138801
  • Seymour M (2019) Rapid progression and future of environmental DNA research. Communications Biology DOI: 10.1038/s42003-019-0330-9
  • Pennekamp F, Pontarp M, Tabi A, Altermatt F, Alther R, Choffat Y, Fronhofer E, Ganesanandamoorthy P, Garnier A, Griffiths J, Greene S, Horgan K, Massie T, Mächler E, Palamara GM, Seymour M, Petchey O. (2019) Biodiversity increases and decreases ecosystem stability Nature DOI: 10.1038/s41586-018-0627-8
  • Seymour M, Durance I, Cosby BJ, Ransom-Jones E, Deiner K, Wilgar G, Ormerod SJ, Colbourne JK, Edwards F, Bik H, Emmett BA, deBruyn M, Carvalho G, Creer S. (2018) Acidity promotes degradation of multi-species eDNA in lotic mesocosms. Communications Biology DOI: doi:10.1038/s42003-017-0005-3 - Editors’ Choice 2019
  • Deiner K, Bik H, Mächler E, Seymour M, Lacoursière-Roussel A, Altermatt F, Creer S, Bista I, Lodge D, de Vere N, Pfrender M, Bernatchez L. (2017) Environmental DNA metabarcoding: Transforming how we survey animal and plant communities. Molecular Ecology. DOI: 10.1111/mec.14350
  • Bista I, Carvalho G, Walsh K, Seymour M, Hajibabaei M, Lallias D, Christmas M, Creer S. (2017) Annual time-series analysis of aqueous eDNA reveals ecologically relevant dynamics of lake ecosystem biodiversity. Nature Communications. 8: 14087 DOI: 10.1038/ncomms14087
  • Seymour M, Fronhofer E, Altermatt F. (2015) Dendritic network structure and dispersal affect temporal dynamics of diversity and species persistence. Oikos. 124: 908-916. DOI: 10.1111/oik.02354


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