Arid-land conservation genetics
Our aim is to provide genetic and genomic resolution for arid-land conservation in Arabia and Africa.
We generate data to support reintroductions, captive management and wild monitoring of a large range of threatened taxa, for example the scimitar-horned oryx, Arabian oryx, sand gazelle, sand cat, and dama gazelle. We work with the ultimate goal in mind of establishing a global genetic in-situ/ex-situ conservation management plan for the target species. Lack of genetic data, common in understudied desert taxa, often causes a block in the conservation management decision making process and so we also conduct research on the resolution of taxonomic issues in a number of desert ungulate and carnivore species.
Arabian sand gazelle (Gazella marica)