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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Ocean voyagers - the travels of northern rockhopper penguins across the high seas
In addition to caring for these charismatic ambassadors for their species, here at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) we have a vital role to play in protecting the remaining wild population of northern rockhopper penguins which are classified as endangered on the IUCN Red List.
Nature of Scotland award for Scottish Beavers
The Scottish Beavers project is the proud winner of a Nature of Scotland award! A timely celebration for the ten-year anniversary of this work, which is led via a partnership between RZSS and the Scottish Wildlife Trust (SWT).