Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (Khonkaen University, Thailand
Zoo and wildlife animal medicine lecturer (Mahasarakham university, Thailand)
My PhD Project primarily involves assigning paternity and generating population pedigree of the southern white rhinoceros in Botswana using genetic markers. This population in Botswana has been trans located from South Africa because the indigenous population was extinct. Although the number of rhinoceroses in Africa has been increased as a result of several conservation strategies, they originated from only about 20 individuals. With such a small number of the founding population, this leads to comparatively low genotypic variation in this species and may cause unexpected genetic consequences. This will require the development of a novel set of genetic “SNP” markers to solve the problem. The genetic relationship amongst individuals and populations will provide valuable information for reproductive planning particularly for minimising the consequences of inbreeding.
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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).