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Dr Mafalda Bento Costa

Dr Mafalda Bento Costa

Research Associate

School of Biosciences

+44 (0)29 2087 5073
Sir Martin Evans Building, Museum Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3AX


Current Projects


BBSRC BBR funded project led by Cardiff University (Mike Bruford with Mafalda Costa) to establish a zoological biobanking network for the UK. Partners include the Natural History Museum (Co-Is Aidan Emery and Tim Littlewood with Jackie Mackenzie Dodds and Kirsty Lloyd), the National Museums of Scotland (Co-I Andrew Kitchener with Gill Murray-Dickson), University of Nottingham (Co-I Lisa Yon), University of Edinburgh (Co-I Rob Ogden) and the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (WildGenes lab, Edinburgh Zoo, Helen Senn also with Gill Murray Dickson). Our project has the backing and involvement of the European Association and the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums and from many museums, universities and research institutes around the UK. We aim to double the UK collection of zoological specimens in three years and to make these discoverable for conservation and research using the Specify database system ( and to provide the undepinning frozen infrastructure to sustainably and responsibly manage these resources into the future. Our website will be available in April 2019. Project runs 1/7/2018 - 30/6/2021.