PhD Studentship, University of Southampton, Sep 2017

How will greening the desert affect bats and the ecosystem services they provide? Supervisors:  Dr Orly Razgour (University of Southampton) Dr Kelvin Peh (University of Southampton)

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Adaptations to environmental change

Razgour et al. Climatic adaptations bats

Using genomic data and ecological analysis to identify signatures of climate-driven local adaptations in species of conservation concern.

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Predictive Landscape Genetics


We use landscape genetics as a predictive tool to assess how species will shift their ranges to track changes in climatic suitability and inform conservation measures that will facilitate movement.

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Ecological connectivity in sky island bats of the Ethiopian Highlands


Tropical highland ecosystems are highly sensitive to global change, especially in under-studied areas like Ethiopia that are threatened by extensive anthropogenic habitat loss and degradation. We are studying how these sky islands and the intervening landscape matrix shape the genetic diversity and distribution of their unique fauna, focusing on the little known diversity of the Ethiopian Highlands’ Plecotus bat community.

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Phylogeography and evolutionary history

Myotis escalerai in flight, photo: Antton Alberdi

Combining genetic and environmental data with spatial modelling and inference of evolutionary history to show how past climatic changes shaped patterns of genetic variation.

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