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We conduct research at the interface of population & evolutionary genetics, disease ecology and conservation biology. Here you can find information about our research, other activities and opportunities to join us.

News

  • September 2021 – Details of PhD and fellowship hosting opportunities for 2021 will be available soon. Join us to work on evolutionary genomics, and biosensors for disease surveillance,   more details here.
  • August 2021 – New paper out describing how commercial vessels such as ocean going ferries can be used as sampling platforms for marine eDNA studies, opening up the possibility of using the global shipping network to support biodiversity monitoring in the world’s oceans.
  • August 2021 – Congratulations to PhD student Linas Svolkinas on submitting his PhD thesis which quantifies the extent of the illegal trade in products from endangered Caspian seals.
  • February 2021 – Lab members participated in the seventh workshop of the IUCN Marine Mammal Protected Areas Task Force, which identified 23 new candidate Important Marine Mammal Areas (cIMMAs) for the Black and Caspian Seas.

Research Highlights

  • Our new paper describes how commercial vessels such as ocean going ferries can be used as sampling platforms for marine eDNA studies, opening up the possibility of using the global shipping network to support biodiversity monitoring in the world’s oceans.
  • In 2016 we presented the first satellite telemetry study of Caspian seals. The results gave new insights into the migration and foraging behaviour of this species and have helped with the prioritizing potential marine protected areas. This short video shows examples of animated telemetry tracks giving a snap shot of annual movement patterns.