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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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.