Cecilia is the Biobank Coordinator within RZSS WildGenes. Focused on preserving genetic material for long-term storage and use by the conservation community, Cecilia is promoting the wider use of biobanks. Cecilia has a background in reproductive physiology, gamete cryopreservation and amphibian conservation. Her previous research focused on enhancing conservation breeding efforts in North American amphibians through assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs). This included the development of gamete stimulation, artificial fertilisation, and sperm cryopreservation techniques for several threatened and endangered anuran species. Cecilia was also engaged in promoting the use of ARTs in amphibian conservation strategies and facilitating capacity building in partner zoos and breeding institutions across the US. She is particularly interested in developing methods for the long-term preservation of genetic material through genome resource banking and is passionate about promoting the valuable role of biobanks in conservation.
PhD (Mississippi State University, USA) Reproductive physiology and conservation BSc hons (University of Glasgow, UK) Zoology
Senior Scientific Officer– Beatson Cancer Research Institute, Glasgow, UK Research technician – National Institute for Medical Research, London, UK
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RZSS response to the UK Government’s intention to deprioritise species restoration
I was surprised and dismayed to read about the UK Government’s intention to deprioritise species restoration, which fails to recognise the importance of that vital pillar of biodiversity recovery, as well as flying in the face of recent guidance from the world authority for conservation, the IUCN.
Critically endangered wildcats now call the Cairngorms National Park home
The first round of wildcat releases in Scotland has been completed by Saving Wildcats, led by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) in partnership with NatureScot, Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS), The Cairngorms National Park Authority, Nordens Ark and Consejería de Sostenibilidad, Medio Ambiente y Economía Azul de la Junta de Andalucía.