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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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.