Kara has a background in evolutionary and conservation genetics, and wildlife DNA forensics. Her previous work has included studying the evolution of immune genes in wild Soay sheep, using genetics to identify which species of plants are present within a mixture, and validating a forensic test to identify individual rhinoceros horns within illegal wildlife trade. Currently, Kara is working on understanding the genetic diversity within ungulates which thrive in arid landscapes. This work aims to inform conservation management of these species in captivity as well as in reintroduced populations.
PhD (University of Edinburgh, UK) Evolutionary Biology
MPhil (University of Chester, UK) Conservation Genetics and Wildlife Forensics
MRes (University of York, UK) Ecology and Environmental management
BSc hons (Cardiff University) Zoology
Research assistant at Queen’s University Belfast working on various molecular ecology and food fraud projects, including developing a DNA test using a hand-held sequencer (Nanopore MinION) for detecting adulterants in supermarket herbs.
Professional intern at the International Union for Conservation of Nature with the Red List team working on assessing the most threatened conifer species for classification under the Alliance for Zero Extinction.
Research assistant at Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (The Scottish Government) assisting with development of wildlife forensic tests for rhinoceros species.
For all of Kara’s publications, please visit her 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).