Craig Anderson

Date of Birth: 10th December 1986
Nationality: British

2005 to 2008 First Class BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences
The University of Plymouth
Dissertation: The Effects of the Antibiotic Drug Trimethoprim on the Mussel, Mytilus edulis.

2008 to Present PhD
Cardiff University/ Centre of Ecology and Hydrology (CEH), Wallingford
Mechanistic Bases of Metal Tolerance: Linking Phenotype to Genotype.
Completion in Spring 2012

Expertise include

  • Expert in restriction associated DNA sequencing (RADseq)
  • Transcriptomic assembly, annotation and expression analysis
  • Phylogenetic analyses
  • Fundamental molecular biology skills, including DNA purification, PCR, electrophoresis, cloning, sanger sequencing and cDNA synthesis
  • Extensive toxicant exposure experience of aquatic and terrestrial invertebrates
  • Handling and rearing recombinant inbred lineages of earthworm to F3
  • Field work coordination
  • In depth knowledge of the neutral red retention assay
  • Experience using HPLC-ICP-MS


2010 A novel eRAD approach for transcriptomic quantification to inform a
systems toxicology model of arsenic tolerance in the earthworm L. rubellus
NBAF small grants round, rated alpha 5. £7,790

2010 Mechanistic bases of metal (copper) and metalloid (arsenic) tolerance: linking phenotype to genotype.
NERC small grants round, rated high alpha 4. £6,000


2011 Joint BES/ SEB/ BS Symposium, Stress Responses – molecules, organisms, environments: Anderson CA, Spurgeon DJ and Kille P. Mechanistic bases of metal tolerance: linking phenotype to genotype. London, UK.

2012 Accepted for a platform presentation at the SETAC World Congress, Berlin


2011 Gordon Research Conference, “Ecological and Evolutionary Genomics”: Anderson CA, Spurgeon DJ and Kille P. Arsenic Metabolism and Tolerance in the Earthworm, Lumbricus rubellus; Adaptive Trait Mapping Using a Systems Biology Approach. University of New England, USA.


Patterns of Mitochondrial and Nuclear Polymorphism and DNA -Methylation in an Arsenic Tolerant Earthworm Population. Kille P, Andre J, Anderson C, Hodson ME, Spurgeon DJ, Morgan AJ. Submitted to Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.

Life-History Effects of Arsenic Toxicity in the Earthworm, Lumbricus rubellus. Anderson CJ, Lawlor AJ, Kille P and Spurgeon DJ. Submitted to Environmental Pollution.

As Metabolism in the Earthworm, Lumbricus rubellus. Anderson CJ, Elsworth B, Lawlor AJ, Bundy JG, Spurgeon DJ and Kille P. In preparation.

A Draft Genome for the Earthworm Lumbricus rubellus: Providing a Mechanistic Framework and Evolutionary Context for an Ecosystem Engineer and Ecotoxicological Sentinel. Elsworth E, Andre J, Anderson CJ, Hoeckner M, Svendsen C, Vandenbulcke F, Bundy JG, Sturzenbaum SR, Spurgeon DJ, Morgan AJ, Kille P and Blaxter M. In preparation


2011 NERC NBAF-Birmingham: 1st Metabolomics Masterclass. University of Birmingham, UK.
Included lectures and lab experience in experimental design, sample preparation and safety. Analytical tools for metabolomics, spectral processing and statistical analysis were also discussed and incorporated into training.

2010 Wellcome Trust advanced course: Functional Genomics and Systems Biology. Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK.
Intensive laboratory and computer-based training, introducing RNAi in nematodes and human cells, Yeast 2-hybrid, Microarrays and RNAseq complemented with state-of-the-art approaches to data analysis and interpretation.

2010 Introduction to R. Centre of Ecology and Hydrology, Wallingford.
Taught the basic principles of the analytical software R

2009 An Introduction to Practical Flow Cytometry. Cardiff University, Cardiff.
Theoretical course reinforced by practical demonstrations.


2012 Developed projects for and supervised undergraduate research:
Rebecca Armstrong. Temporal affects of arsenic upon DNA methylation in the earthworm, Lumbricus rubellus. 2,1.
Charlotte Hawksworth. Variation in arsenic compartmentalisation in adapted and naive earthworms (Lumbricus rubellus). TBC.
Extensively aided a scholarship candidate and 2 post-graduate researchers.

Other relevant experience

2011 Reviewer for Journal of Environmental Monitoring

2011 Advisor for BBC’s Horizon programme “Are We Still Evolving?”

2006/08 Host, National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth, UK

Other Qualifications

2010 ITC Level 2 Certificate in Outdoor First Aid
2007 Full UK drivers licence
Speak basic French and German


Dr. David Spurgeon, Principal Scientist
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Maclean Building, Benson Lane, Crowmarsh Gifford, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, OX10 8BB
+44 (0)1491 838800

Dr. Peter Kille, Senior Lecturer
Cardiff School of Biosciences, Main Building, Museum Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3AT
+44 (0)29 208 74507

Prof. John Morgan, Chair
Cardiff School of Biosciences, Main Building, Museum Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3AT
+44 (0)29 208 75872