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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A GIANT update
Our charity has worked with Arnaud and his team at the Wildlife Conservation Institute (ICAS) in Brazil for over a decade to safeguard endangered giant armadillos, giant anteaters and their threatened habitat.
The new scientific techniques saving an ancient species
Capercaillie (Capall coille in Scots Gaelic, meaning ‘horse of the woods’) are such rare and elusive birds in the UK that few of us nowadays would be lucky enough to see one. In this guest blog by Jocasta Mann, communications officer at the Cairngorms Capercaillie Project, find out more about the largest grouse in the world and discover how the Cairngorms Capercaillie Project is working with a wide range of partners, including scientists at RZSS WildGenes, to improve the long-term fortune of this iconic Scottish species.