I did my BSc in Zoology at Cardiff University, graduating in 2017. I spent my placement year as a primate research assistant at the Durham University Primate and Predator Project, studying the habitat use of Samango monkeys in relation to their food availability. For my dissertation I used genetics to assess the success of translocations of the critically endangered Bojer’s skinks among the islands surrounding Mauritius. In 2018 I started a Masters by Research at the University of Bristol looking at plant plasticity and roots under environmental stress, of two altitude-specific ragwort species found on Mt Etna, Sicily.
In October 2019 I started a PhD with the Cardiff University Otter Project, using the newly sequenced otter reference genome and samples from the otter database to study the population expansion from 1970s until the present. I also plan on looking further at where the UK population fits into the European population.
du Plessis, S. J. et al. 2019. Genetic diversity and cryptic population re-establishment: management implications for the Bojer's skink (Gongylomorphus bojerii). Conservation Genetics 20(2), pp. 137-152.
Genomic Tracking of UK Otter (Lutra lutra) Population Expansion After Anthropogenic Declines in the 20th Century