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Dr Rhys Jones 

PhD Supervisors: Prof. Mike Bruford and Prof. Jo Cable (Cardiff University)

Rhys' PhD research bridged the disciplines of herpetology, parasitology and evolutionary biology.  He initially identified novel methods to both obtain non-invasively collected tissue to construct phylogeographies of all three of our British snake species, providing evidence that the British Adder occupied a niche in Britain during the last ice age. He also evaluated the success of reptile translocation programmes. This was accomplished by non-invasive sampling of slow worms and monitoring their gastro-intestinal parasite fauna over an 18 month period. This led to recommendations for optimal mitigation strategies and the discovery of a parasite species new to the UK that was affecting reptile populations.