Alex has a background in molecular ecology and bird conservation. His previous work has focused on fertility and reproduction in birds and the use of genetic tools to tackle questions concerning relatedness, phylogenetics and genome architecture. This has included deciphering the evolutionary relationships of bird species using genetic sequencing along with designing and testing genetic markers that can be used in a diverse array of species in both wild and captive populations. He is now applying his genetic training to tackle questions of key conservation concern. Currently, he is focusing on a grey partridge population structure study due to the concerning population declines this species has faced. We are particularly interested in the genetic relationships between wild and captive bred birds to help guide future reintroductions. Another vital component of RZSS is its work focused on the illegal wildlife trade. Working closely with Flora and Fauna International, Alex is developing genetic tools that predict the providence of illegally traded wildlife products.
PhD (University of Bath, UK) Molecular Ecology/Evolutionary Biology
MBiolSci (University of Sheffield, UK) Zoology/Molecular Ecology
Postdoctoral Research Associate – University of Sheffield on avian reproduction
Senior Research Assistant - RSPB on Turtle dove conservation projects
Research technician – University of Sheffield on passerine genomics
For all of Alex's publications please visit his Google Scholar page
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Following the feathers - counting capercaillie in the Cairngorms
It's possible that there are now less than 1,000 capercaillie left in the UK and almost all of them live in the Cairngorms National Park. Read on to find out more about how Jal and Jean-Marc from the RZSS WildGenes team are using DNA from feathers to help the Cairngorms Capercaillie Project understand more about the population in the wild.
Always smile at a (Siamese) crocodile
For the past three years, the RZSS WildGenes laboratory has been working with Fauna & Flora International (FFI) and the Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP) to develop the first conservation genetics laboratory in Cambodia. Our very first training visit began back in 2016.