Jamie is interested in applying molecular techniques within conservation genetics and is currently a PhD candidate at DICE supervised By Dr Jim Groombridge and Dr Rob Ogden from RZSS. His project entitled 'RAD-sequencing and SNP genotyping to examine adaptation in globally invasive parakeets' seeks to identify signatures of positive selection in the ringneck parakeet Psittacula krameri in response to environmental change. Such selection may have facilitated the introductive or invasive success observed globally in the ringneck parakeet.
MRes2 (Nottingham University, UK) Advanced Genomics and Proteomics
MRes1 (University of Birmingham) Conservation Biology and Genetics
BSc (Hons) (Liverpool John Moores University, UK) Applied Zoology
Nilsson, Emeli M., Hernan P. Fainberg, Siew S. Choong, Thomas C. Giles, James Sells, Sean May, Fiona J. Stansfield et al. "Molecular Characterization of Adipose Tissue in the African Elephant (Loxodonta africana)." PloS one 9, no. 3 (2014): e91717
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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.