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Dr Ali Cotton

Dr Ali Cotton

Senior Project Manager (Research)

School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Room 2.39, Main Building, Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AT


Ali is the Senior Project Manager for the EU Horizon 2020 DOWN2EARTH project. Prior to joining Cardiff University, Ali worked as a Lecturer in Conservation Science at Bristol Zoological Society, having trained as an Evolutionary and Conservation Biologist in both New Zealand (UNITEC) and the UK (University of Oxford and UCL). In addition to managing a range of conservation and research projects, her research interests in recent years have included investigating the impact of climate fluctuations on African penguin breeding success as well as using eDNA as a large scale monitoring tool. She has also been both module and degree programme lead as well as working with the IUCN, reassessing the red-listing of the world’s primates.


Senior Project Manager - DOWN2EARTH (2020-present)

Lecturer in Conservation Science - Bristol Zoological Society (2014-2020)

PhD in Evolutionary Biology and Ecology - University College London, United Kingdom (2011-2014)

MRes in Systems Biology - University College London, United Kingdom

Research Assistant - University of Oxford, United Kingdom

MSc in Biology (Integrative Bioscience) - University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Research Assistant - UNITEC, New Zealand

Bachelor of Applied Animal Technology - Unitec, New Zealand

Twitter: @AliJCotton