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We conduct research at the interface of population & evolutionary genetics, disease ecology and conservation biology, using a range of empirical and theoretical approaches. These pages give information about our research, other activities and opportunities to join us.

Top News

  • October 2017 – New PhD project opportunity: Evolutionary genomics of adaptation and speciation in Galapagos land and marine iguanas, more details here.
  • October 2017 – Our paper looking at icebreaker impacts on breeding seals is covered in New Scientist.
  • September 2017 – Details of PhD and fellowship hosting opportunities for 2018 will be available soon. Join us to work on evolutionary genomics, biosensors for disease surveillance or modelling demographic consequences of climate change in endangered species,   more details here.
  • September 2017 – New open access paper in Biological Conservation from group on how icebreaking vessels can cause impacts for breeding seals, and potential mitigation strategies.
  • May 2017 – Another PhD success, well done to Dr Rebecca Thomas on defending her PhD thesis on the molecular epidemiology of Trichomonas infections in turtle doves.
  • March 2017 – Congratulations to Dr Leandro Patino on passing his PhD viva on 8th March. Look for lots of great papers coming out soon from his work on the evolution of parasite communities in Galapagos giant tortoises.
  • February 2017 – An interview with The Tehran Times gives some coverage of our work on threats and conservation priorities for Caspian seals
  • August 2016 – Our new paper describing the first satellite telemetry study of Caspian seals is out this week. The results give new insights into the migration and foraging behaviour of this species. This short video shows examples of animated telemetry tracks giving a snap shot of annual movement patterns.