Heather has a background in molecular ecology and evolution. Her previous work has focused on using genetic tools to investigate patterns of adaptation, population connectivity, phylogenetic relationships, and species identification of deep-sea animals. Now, working as a research scientist within RZSS WildGenes, Heather will be applying these skills and experiences to a variety of projects including studies on Northern rockhopper penguins and beavers.
Heather is also very passionate about science communication and public outreach. She wants to share her love for the natural environment and to make science accessible for all. She is also a big advocate for promoting the conservation of lesser known species.
PhD (University of Aberdeen, UK) Biological Sciences
MRes (University of Aberdeen, UK) Applied Marine and Fisheries Ecology
BSc (University of Aberdeen, UK) Marine Biology
Young Research Fellow at the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) studying the deepest living vertebrate species – the snailfishes.
Research Fellow at the University of Aberdeen, UK investigating how deep-sea amphipod species have adapted to survive the crushing hydrostatic pressure of the hadal zone.
Aquarium Guide at the Macduff Marine Aquarium, UK sharing knowledge of the local marine flora and fauna with the public.
For all of Heather’s publications, please visit her Google Scholar page. (https://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?hl=en&user=10A8UFMAAAAJ&view_op=list_works&sortby=pubdate)
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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.