I am interested in the use of conservation genetics in both in-situ and ex-situ environments, as well as using genetic tools to monitor the illegal wildlife trade. I am also interested in disease dynamics in wild populations, particularly understanding disease prevalence and its impact on individual and population survival.
Research Technician at the University of Exeter, working on a collaborative project with the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), investigating the potential genetic basis of human altruism.
Research Assistant at the University of Exeter, where we sought to understand virulence mechanisms of the avian bacterium, Mycoplasma gallisepticum, in North American house finches
- MSc Evolutionary and Behavioural Ecology, University of Exeter (2016-2017)
- BSc Zoology, University College Cork (2012-2016)
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The trials and tribulations of identifying rhino parents
The RZSS WildGenes Lab has been working in collaboration with the Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine at the University of Glasgow on a project that aims to inform the conservation of Botswanan Rhinos. Tarid Purisotayo, a PhD student working on the project, is here to share the story so far.
International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2020 - Jenny Kaden and Dr Kara Dicks
Jenny, senior laboratory technician, and Kara, research scientist, are members of the RZSS WildGenes team and are based at Edinburgh Zoo. The combination of their roles is instrumental to the incredible output from the WildGenes lab; Jenny processes the samples as they come into the lab and Kara analyses that data and translates the findings so they can be put into action.