Current and past members of the group

Caspian seal fieldwork team October 2017
Caspian seal fieldwork team October 2017

Group Leader – Dr Simon Goodman


I undertook my PhD in the Department of Genetics, University of Cambridge and then moved to a post-doctoral position at the University of Edinburgh. This was followed by a Research Fellowship at the Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London, before joining the University of Leeds in 2004.

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Visiting Fellows

  • Dr Laura Najera Cortazar – Conservation genomics of myotis bats in Baja Mexico
  • Dr Elena Valsecchi – Marine eDNA
  • Dr Lilia Dmitrieva – Caspian seal ecology and conservation
  • Dr Jenny Dunn – Avian disease ecology
  • Dr Leandro Patino – Galapagos giant tortoise disease ecology

PhD Students

  • Betty Boyse- Monitoring marine vertebrates through eDNA
  • Julia Lopez Delgado – Evolutionary genomics of Galapagos iguana species
  • Harrison Tan – Population dynamics and climate change risks for Caspian seals
  • Linas Svolkinas – Human impacts & biodiversity conservation in the Caspian region
  • Liam Fitzpatrick – Disease Ecology of avian malaria in Galapagos
  • David Orr – Evolution & genomics of lactation strategies in pinnipeds


Past PhD students
  • Laura Najera Cortazar
  • Jude Lane
  • Rebecca Thomas
  • Leandro Patino
  • Paddy Brock
  • Lilia Dmitrieva
  • Rose Cairns
  • Gillian Eastwood
  • Larisa Lee Cruz
  • Arnaud Bataille
  • Alex McCarthy