November 2017

  • PhD studentship available on climate change impacts on marine mammals. More details here.

October 2017

  • New PhD project opportunity on Evolutionary genomics of adaptation and speciation in Galapagos land and marine iguanas, more details here.
  • 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.
  • Welcome to new NERC PhD student David Orr, joining the lab to work on the evolution and genomics of lactation strategies in pinnipeds.
  • 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

IMG_1953Another PhD success, well done to Dr Rebecca Thomas on defending her PhD thesis on the molecular epidemiology of Trichomonas infections in turtle doves.




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  • 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.




  • New paper out in Royal Society Open Science on the genetic structure of harbour porpoises around the UK, showing mixing of different porpoise ecotypes on the SW coast. We also found an intriguing association between body size and admixture proportion, suggesting a potential genetic influence on the phenotypic differences between the ecotypes.


February 2017

February 2017 – An interview with The Tehran Times gives some coverage of our work on threats and conservation priorities for Caspian seals.

News for 2016