Conservation Genetics and Molecular Ecology
We use modern genetic techniques to inform conservation decisions and to clarify relationships within and between species.
The team uses modern techniques to investigate the genetics of species in need of conservation (including endangered species and crop wild relatives) and to clarify their relationships.
We use a range of high-throughput DNA sequencing, Sanger DNA sequencing and genetic fingerprinting techniques, and we combine the genetic results with complementary data from other sources to inform conservation management decisions.
We focus on species in the UK and the UK Overseas Territories, but we also work on species from elsewhere often in collaboration with colleagues from overseas.
Our current major interests include: European orchids, crops and their wild relatives including species of yams (Dioscorea), Sorbus, Pyrus sensu lato (such as whitebeams and mountain ash), flax (Linum) and carob (Ceratonia). The results are presented as scientific papers, conservation genetics reports and other formats.
We have a strong record in training the future generation of conservation biologists.
Senior research leader
Prof. Mike F Fay
Dr Juan Viruel
Dr Laura Martínez-Suz
Dr Viswambharan Sarasan
Future Leader fellow
Dr Roberta Gargiulo
Post Doctoral Research Assistants
Dr Elena Arrigoni
Honorary research associates
Dr Maarten Christenhusz
Dr Hassan Rankou
Dr Jill Kowal
Professor Martin Bidartondo
Anthony Maldonado Castro
María Jesús Ariza Molina