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Sarah Du Plessis

Research student, School of Biosciences

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.

Research interests

Publication

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.

Thesis

Genomic Tracking of UK Otter (Lutra lutra) Population Expansion After Anthropogenic Declines in the 20th Century

Funding source

NERC GW4+

Dr Frank Hailer

Dr Frank Hailer

Lecturer

Dr Elizabeth Chadwick

Dr Elizabeth Chadwick

Senior Lecturer