Alex has a background in molecular ecology and bird conservation. His previous work has focused on fertility and reproduction in birds and the use of genetic tools to tackle questions concerning relatedness, phylogenetics and genome architecture. This has included deciphering the evolutionary relationships of bird species using genetic sequencing along with designing and testing genetic markers that can be used in a diverse array of species in both wild and captive populations. He is now applying his genetic training to tackle questions of key conservation concern. Currently, he is focusing on a grey partridge population structure study due to the concerning population declines this species has faced. We are particularly interested in the genetic relationships between wild and captive bred birds to help guide future reintroductions. Another vital component of RZSS is its work focused on the illegal wildlife trade. Working closely with Flora and Fauna International, Alex is developing genetic tools that predict the providence of illegally traded wildlife products.
PhD (University of Bath, UK) Molecular Ecology/Evolutionary Biology
MBiolSci (University of Sheffield, UK) Zoology/Molecular Ecology
Postdoctoral Research Associate – University of Sheffield on avian reproduction
Senior Research Assistant - RSPB on Turtle dove conservation projects
Research technician – University of Sheffield on passerine genomics
For all of Alex's publications please visit his Google Scholar page
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Incredible news for Scotland’s beavers
After helping to bring beavers back to Scotland in the first ever official successful reintroduction of a mammal to Britain, we have been pushing for increased geographic flexibility on translocations to help beaver populations spread into new areas where they can have greater positive impact and avoid conflict with humans.
Out of the ashes
The Brazilian Pantanal, the world’s largest wetland, suffered massive wildfires in 2020. Dr Arnaud Desbiez is an RZSS conservation associate in Brazil and the founder of the Giant Armadillo Conservation Program and Anteaters & Highways projects. In this blog, he shows how in the face of devastating fires and covid challenges, consistent communication and effective collaboration show again how, when we work together, both people and wildlife benefit.