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House AH, Debes PV, Kurko J, Erkinaro J, Primmer CR (2023) Genotype-specific variation in seasonal body condition at a large-effect maturation locus. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 290, 20230432.

Maamela KS, Åsheim ER, Debes PV, House AH, Erkinaro J, Liljeström P, Primmer CR, Mobley KB (2023) The effect of temperature and dietary energy content on female maturation and egg nutritional content in Atlantic salmon. Journal of Fish Biology 102, 1096-1108.

Åsheim ER, Debes PV, House A, Liljeström P, Niemelä PT, Siren JP, Erkinaro J, Primmer CR, Cooke S (2023) Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) age at maturity is strongly affected by temperature, population and age-at-maturity genotype. Conservation Physiology 11, coac086.


Klemme I, Debes PV, Primmer CR, Härkönen LS, Erkinaro J, Hyvärinen P, Karvonen A (2022) Host developmental stage effects on parasite resistance and tolerance. American Naturalist 200, 664-661.

Niemelä PT, Klemme I, Karvonen A, Hyvärinen P, Debes PV, Erkinaro J, Sinclair-Waters M, Pritchard VL, Härkönen LS, Primmer CR (2022) Life-history genotype explains variation in migration activity in Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar). Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 289, 20220851.

Wysujack K, Marohn L, Lindemann C, Illing B, Freese M, Pohlmann JD, Reiser S, Debes PV, Meskendahl L, Pelster B, Hanel R (2022) A novel hyperbaric swimming respirometer allows the simulation of varying swimming depths in fish respirometry studies. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part A, Molecular and Integrative Physiology 264, 111117.


Debes PV, Solberg MF, Matre IH, Dyrhovden L, Glover KA (2021) Genetic variation for upper thermal tolerance diminishes within and between populations with increasing acclimation temperature in Atlantic salmon. Heredity 127, 455-466.

Andrew SC, Primmer CR, Debes PV, Erkinaro J, Verta JP (2021) The Atlantic salmon whole blood transcriptome and how it relates to major locus maturation genotypes and other tissues. Marine Genomics 56, 100809.

Bremer K, Yasuo H, Debes PV, Jacobs HT (2021) The alternative oxidase (AOX) increases sulphide tolerance in the highly invasive marine invertebrate Ciona intestinalis. Journal of Experimental Biology 224.

Debes PV, Piavchenko N, Ruokolainen A, Ovaskainen O, Moustakas-Verho JE, Parre N, Aykanat T, Erkinaro J, Primmer CR (2021) Polygenic and major-locus contributions to sexual maturation timing in Atlantic salmon. Molecular Ecology 30, 4505-4519.

Sävilammi T, Papakostas S, Leder EH, Vøllestad LA, Debes PV, Primmer CR (2021) Cytosine methylation patterns suggest a role of methylation in plastic and adaptive responses to temperature in European grayling (Thymallus thymallus) populations. Epigenetics 16, 271-288.

Ahmad F, Debes PV, Nousiainen I, Kahar S, Pukk L, Gross R, Ozerov M, Vasemägi A (2021) The strength and form of natural selection on transcript abundance in the wild. Molecular Ecology 30, 2724-2737.

House AH, Debes PV, Kurko J, Erkinaro J, Käkelä R, Primmer CR (2021) Sex-specific lipid profiles in the muscle of Atlantic salmon juveniles. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part D: Genomics and Proteomics 38, 100810.

Ahmad F, Debes PV, Pukk L, Kahar S, Hartikainen H, Gross R, Vasemägi A (2021) Know your enemy – transcriptome of myxozoan Tetracapsuloides bryosalmonae reveals potential drug targets against proliferative kidney disease in salmonids. Parasitology 148, 726-736.


Moustakas-Verho JE, Kurko J, House AH, Erkinaro J, Debes P, Primmer CR (2020) Developmental expression patterns of six6: A gene linked with spawning ecotypes in Atlantic salmon. Gene Expression Patterns 38, 119149.

Kurko J, Debes PV, House AH, Aykanat T, Erkinaro J, Primmer CR (2020) Transcription profiles of age-at-maturity-associated genes suggest cell fate commitment regulation as a key factor in the Atlantic salmon maturation process. G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics 10, 235-246.

Debes PV, Piavchenko N, Erkinaro J, Primmer CR (2020) Genetic growth potential, rather than phenotypic size, predicts migration phenotype in Atlantic salmon. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 287, 20200867.

Verta JP, Debes PV, Piavchenko N, Ruokolainen A, Ovaskainen O, Moustakas-Verho JE, Tillanen S, Parre N, Aykanat T, Erkinaro J, Primmer CR (2020) Cis-regulatory differences in isoform expression associate with life history strategy variation in Atlantic salmon. PLoS Genetics 16, e1009055.

Saari S, Garcia GS, Bremer K, Chioda MM, Andjelkovic A, Debes PV, Nikinmaa M, Szibor M, Dufour E, Rustin P, Oliveira MT, Jacobs HT (2019) Alternative respiratory chain enzymes: Therapeutic potential and possible pitfalls. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta – Molecular Basis of Disease 1865, 854-866.

Ahmad F, Debes PV, Palomar G, Vasemägi A (2018) Association mapping reveals candidate loci for resistance and anaemic response to an emerging temperature-driven parasitic disease in a wild salmonid fish. Molecular Ecology 27, 1385-1401.

Debes PV, Gross R, Vasemägi A (2017) Quantitative genetic variation in, and environmental effects on, pathogen resistance and temperature-dependent disease severity in a wild trout. American Naturalist 190, 244-265.

Kahar S, Debes PV, Vuori KAM, Vähä J-P, Vasemägi A (2016) Heritability, environmental effects, and genetic and phenotypic correlations of oxidative stress resistance-related enzyme activities during early life stages in Atlantic salmon. Evolutionary Biology 43, 215-226.

Marin K, Coon A, Carson R, Debes PV, Fraser DJ (2016) Striking phenotypic variation yet low genetic differentiation in sympatric lake trout (Salvelinus namaycush) PLoS One 11, e0162325.

Sereda SVe, Debes PV, Wilke T, Schultheiß R (2016) Divergent mating system adaptations in microallopatric populations of Acanthodiaptomus denticornis (Copepoda, Calanoida). Journal of Plankton Research 38, 1255-1268.

Ozerov MY, Himberg M, Debes PV, Hägerstrand H, Vasemägi A (2016) Combining genetic markers with an adaptive meristic trait improves performance of mixed-stock analysis in Baltic whitefish. ICES Journal of Marine Science: Journal du Conseil 73, 2529-2538.

Debes PV, Visse M, Panda B, Ilmonen P, Vasemägi A (2016) Is telomere length a molecular marker of past thermal stress in wild fish? Molecular Ecology 25, 5412-5424.

Yates MC, Debes PV, Fraser DJ, Hutchings JA (2015) The influence of hybridization with domesticated conspecifics on alternative reproductive phenotypes in male Atlantic salmon in multiple temperature regimes. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 72, 1138-1145.

Debes PV, Hutchings JA (2014) Effects of domestication on parr maturity, growth, and vulnerability to predation in Atlantic salmon. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 71, 1371-1384.

Debes PV, Fraser DJ, Yates M, Hutchings JA (2014) The between-population genetic architecture of growth, maturation, and plasticity in Atlantic salmon. Genetics 196, 1277-1291.

Rollinson N, Keith DM, Houde AL, Debes PV, McBride MC, Hutchings JA (2014) Risk assessment of inbreeding and outbreeding depression in a captive-breeding program. Conservation Biology 28, 529-540.

Fraser DJ, Debes PV, Bernatchez L, Hutchings JA (2014) Population size, habitat fragmentation, and the nature of adaptive variation in a stream fish. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 281, 1471-2954.

Debes PV, Fraser DJ, McBride MC, Hutchings JA (2013) Multigenerational hybridisation and its consequences for maternal effects in Atlantic salmon. Heredity (Edinb) 111, 238-247.

Schwab P, Debes PV, Witt T, Hartl GB, Hmwe SS, Zachos FE, Grobler JP (2012) Genetic structure of the common impala (Aepyceros melampus melampus) in South Africa: phylogeography and implications for conservation. Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research 50, 76-84.

Limborg MT, Hanel R, Debes PV, Ring AK, Andre C, Tsigenopoulos CS, Bekkevold D (2012) Imprints from genetic drift and mutation imply relative divergence times across marine transition zones in a pan-European small pelagic fish (Sprattus sprattus). Heredity (Edinb) 109, 96-107.

Debes PV, Normandeau E, Fraser DJ, Bernatchez L, Hutchings JA (2012) Differences in transcription levels among wild, domesticated, and hybrid Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) from two environments. Molecular Ecology 21, 2574-2587.

Fruciano C, Hanel R, Debes PV, Tigano C, Ferrito V (2011) Atlantic-Mediterranean and within-Mediterranean molecular variation in Coris julis (L. 1758) (Teleostei, Labridae). Marine Biology 158, 1271-1286.

Fraser DJ, Houde AL, Debes PV, O’Reilly P, Eddington JD, Hutchings JA (2010) Consequences of farmed-wild hybridization across divergent wild populations and multiple traits in salmon. Ecological Applications 20, 935-953.

Debes PV, Zachos FE, Hanel R (2008) Mitochondrial phylogeography of the European sprat (Sprattus sprattus L., Clupeidae) reveals isolated climatically vulnerable populations in the Mediterranean Sea and range expansion in the northeast Atlantic. Molecular Ecology 17, 3873-3888.