Jamie is interested in applying molecular techniques within conservation genetics and is currently a PhD candidate at DICE supervised By Dr Jim Groombridge and Dr Rob Ogden from RZSS. His project entitled 'RAD-sequencing and SNP genotyping to examine adaptation in globally invasive parakeets' seeks to identify signatures of positive selection in the ringneck parakeet Psittacula krameri in response to environmental change. Such selection may have facilitated the introductive or invasive success observed globally in the ringneck parakeet.
MRes2 (Nottingham University, UK) Advanced Genomics and Proteomics
MRes1 (University of Birmingham) Conservation Biology and Genetics
BSc (Hons) (Liverpool John Moores University, UK) Applied Zoology
Nilsson, Emeli M., Hernan P. Fainberg, Siew S. Choong, Thomas C. Giles, James Sells, Sean May, Fiona J. Stansfield et al. "Molecular Characterization of Adipose Tissue in the African Elephant (Loxodonta africana)." PloS one 9, no. 3 (2014): e91717
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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.