James is a NERC funded PhD student. He is a graduate from the University of Exeter, with a strong interest in the effects of habitat fragmentation on gene flow in natural populations. In particular, the conservation genetics of woody tree species in heavily fragmented landscapes. His PhD research will utilise the recently completed draft genome sequence of Betula nana to optimise its conservation in the Scottish Highlands.
He also has experience undertaking scientific fieldwork and leadership on a number of over-seas expeditions. Supplementary research interests include rapid biodiversity surveys and camera trap studies, with a focus on engaging local people and protecting novel areas of conservation importance.
- For more information about James' research and expeditions visit his blog
James speaks regularly in schools encouraging students to undertake research expeditions as a personal development opportunity.