- Welcome to PhD student Julia Lopez Delgado joining the group to start a project on the evolutionary genomics of Galapagos iguana species.
- Welcome to PhD student Betty Boyse, starting her project on evaluating marine vertebrate habitat use via eDNA.
- Welcome to Harrison Tan, new PhD student joining the group to work on population dynamics of Caspian seals and climate change risks to ice-breeding pinnipeds.
- 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.
Another PhD success, well done to Dr Rebecca Thomas on defending her PhD thesis on the molecular epidemiology of Trichomonas infections in turtle doves.
- 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 – An interview with The Tehran Times gives some coverage of our work on threats and conservation priorities for Caspian seals.