My PhD took place under an ongoing project: ‘Unlocking the Severn-LIFE’. This project aims to improve the connectivity in the lower catchment of the River Severn (including its tributary, River Teme) for Alosa spp.
My research focused on the development of an environmental DNA (eDNA) based technique that enabled the distribution of spawning Alosa to be determined in rivers, and an eDNA metabarcoding technique to infer fish community composition, using non-invasive sampling, and prior connectivity improvements. Results provided a fast method to monitor a river in its entire length, whilst enabling rapid information on river use to inform conservation management.
I’m planning to carry on with research. My main interest is in the management of freshwater ecosystem and biodiversity conservation, and in the phylogenetic evolution of the freshwater animals.
I’m currently looking for post-doc opportunity which allows me to continue increasing knowledge of species distribution through environmental DNA based techniques. This knowledge is critical to ecological management and conservation biology, especially for rare and threatened species.