Janes PhD broadly aims to develop novel genetic tools for the conservation and management of vulnerable Manta and Mobula rays. At present, Jane is working on developing a Global Mobulid Genetic ID kit, which can be used by enforcement officers and researchers alike to identify Mobulid rays and their parts firstly to species level, and later to regional level. This work will be invaluable in supporting species listings on CITES and CMS, and ultimately in the conservation of the group.
BSc (University of Sheffield, UK) Zoology
MRes (University of Leeds, UK) Biodiversity and Conservation
The Manta Trust, Genetics Project Manager
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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.