Liz Heap

My background is in behavioural ecology; conservation and population genetics.  I am currently working as a Research Technician on the NERC funded project to quantify female mate choice benefits in the three-spined stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus).  Specifically collecting morphological and behavioural data and applying molecular genetic techniques to assess MHC diversity.

I am also working for Josephine Pemberton, assisting in the production of genetic data for the long term Soay sheep and red deer studies.


Ogden, R., Heap, E., McEwing, R., Tingay, R. and Whitfield, D.P. (submitted). Population structure and dispersal history in Scottish golden eagles (Aquila chrysaetos) revealed by molecular genetic analysis of territorial birds. Ibis

Hadfield JD, Heap EA, Bayer F, Mittell EA, Crouch NMA (2013). Disentangling genetic and prenatal sources of familial resemblance across ontogeny in a wild passerine, Evolution 67: 2701-2713.

Hadfield JD, Heap EA, Bayer F, Mittell EA, Crouch NMA (2013). Intra-clutch differences in egg characteristics mitigate the consequences of age-related hierarchies in a wild passerine. Evolution 67: 2688-2700.

Heap EA, McEwing R, Roberts MF, Tingay RE, Mougeot F, Terraube J, Madders M, and Ogden RS (2011). Cross-species microsatellite amplification in the Pallid harrier (Circus macrourus), and two other harrier species; Montagu’s harrier (Circus pygargus) and Hen harrier (Circus cyaneus). Molecular Ecology Resources 11: 1124-1126.

Ogden R, Heap E, McEwing R (2009). Advances in the DNA analysis of canine trace evidence for serious crime investigation in the UK. Forensic Science International: Genetics Supplement Series 2: 290-291