Kara has a background in evolutionary and conservation genetics, and wildlife DNA forensics. Her previous work has included studying the evolution of immune genes in wild Soay sheep, using genetics to identify which species of plants are present within a mixture, and validating a forensic test to identify individual rhinoceros horns within illegal wildlife trade. Currently, Kara is working on understanding the genetic diversity within ungulates which thrive in arid landscapes. This work aims to inform conservation management of these species in captivity as well as in reintroduced populations.
PhD (University of Edinburgh, UK) Evolutionary Biology
MPhil (University of Chester, UK) Conservation Genetics and Wildlife Forensics
MRes (University of York, UK) Ecology and Environmental management
BSc hons (Cardiff University) Zoology
Research assistant at Queen’s University Belfast working on various molecular ecology and food fraud projects, including developing a DNA test using a hand-held sequencer (Nanopore MinION) for detecting adulterants in supermarket herbs.
Professional intern at the International Union for Conservation of Nature with the Red List team working on assessing the most threatened conifer species for classification under the Alliance for Zero Extinction.
Research assistant at Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (The Scottish Government) assisting with development of wildlife forensic tests for rhinoceros species.
For all of Kara’s publications, please visit her Google Scholar page
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Himalayan Wolves Project Update May 2022
Our RZSS WildGenes experts have been working with Dr Geraldine Werhahn for more than six years on the Himalayan Wolves Project, which aims to gather scientific evidence to support the conservation of wolves, and their prey, in the high-altitude habitats across the Himalayas. Find out the latest from the project here.
First wildcat kittens born at Saving Wildcats conservation breeding for release centre
Wildcat kittens, which will likely be among the first of their species to be released into the wild in Britain, have been born in the Saving Wildcats conservation breeding for release centre at our Highland Wildlife Park.