I am interested in evolutionary ecology and the conservation of biodiversity. I am currently a postdoc in the Haerty Group, where I work on understanding the mechanisms underlying adaptation to extreme environments in mammals. I use a comparative functional genomics approach, integrating experimental and fieldwork data, to explore the mechanisms of genome change that are responsible for adaptation to desert environments in several rodent species.
I received my BSc Zoology with Conservation (Hons) from Bangor University in 2009. I then completed my PhD in Molecular Ecology at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in 2014, during which I investigated evolutionary and conservation genetics of the Seychelles warbler (Acrocephalus sechellensis). I worked on spatio-temporal variation in major histocompatibility complex immune gene diversity, and its interaction with population dynamics, survival and reproduction. A significant part of my work focussed on translocation of the warbler to new islands in the Seychelles and the genetic consequences of this form of conservation action. I subsequently worked on various projects including the genetics of an Asian Houbara bustard (Chlamydotis macqueeni) captive breeding program, the molecular ecology of the endangered Cape Verde warbler (Acrocephalus brevipennis) and the genetic impacts of aquaculture in salmon (Salmo salar).