Our research areas are diverse, drawing upon expertise through collaborations.
Levels of pollutants in otter tissues can be a useful indicator of pollution in the environment in which it feeds.
Using DNA extracted from muscle tissues, Bayesian clustering and GIS to identify the genetic structure of the UK otter population.
Chemical profiling of otter spraint has the potential to provide detail such as population size and structure and home range size.
Using macro-parasites of the otter to investigate how density-dependent and independent factors regulate parasite populations.
Prey availability is one of the key parameters limiting otter distribution, but studies of otter diet in much of the UK are limited.
Research looking at geographic variation in skull size and shape.
Incremental cementum lines were used to assess the age structure of sub-adult and mature wild otters received by the project.
Researching seasonal breeding by examining the uterus and foetuses found in utero.
We run a long term environmental surveillance scheme, using otters found dead to investigate contaminants, disease, and population biology across the UK.
Otter Project, Cardiff University, The Sir Martin Evans Building, Museum Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3AX