Dr Rachel Maree Bristol
Honorary Research Associate
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- BSc (Zoology), University of Otago, New Zealand, 1989
- PGDip Wildlife Management (distinction), University of Otago, New Zealand, 1990
- PhD in Biodiversity Management, University of Kent, United Kingdom, 2013
I’m a conservation biologist and practitioner and have worked for over 20 years in endangered species management and population restoration, in New Zealand, Hawaii, Mauritius and Seychelles. I have worked on recovery programmes for numerous critically endangered island endemic birds and have led conservation introductions of Seychelles fodies, Seychelles paradise flycatchers and Seychelles sunbirds.
Relationship with School
I have a long-term collaboration with Jim Groombridge, having worked together on threatened bird recovery programmes in Mauritius around 20 years ago and, more recently, on two Darwin Initiative-funded projects in the Seychelles. I was the project officer and Jim Groombridge the project leader on Darwin Initiative project 15-009 Investing in island biodiversity; restoring the Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher (2006 –2009), where we undertook the first ever conservation introduction of the Critically Endangered Seychelles paradise flycatcher. Currently, I am project officer and Jim Groombridge the project leader on Darwin Initiative project 19-002 A cutting-EDGE approach to saving Seychelles evolutionarily distinct biodiversity (2012-present), where we are: (i) implementing individually tailored training programmes for six local conservation practitioners to improve local capacity to conserve Seychelles EDGE species; (ii) improving knowledge of Seychelles EDGE species through targeted research and monitoring; and (iii) implementing conservation action to conserve the 11 Seychelles EDGE species. I also undertook a PhD at DICE at the School of Anthropology & Conservation supervised by Jim Groombridge.
My research interests centre on informing conservation management for threatened species- mostly birds-, and include understanding drivers of population decline and recovery, small population biology and genetics, habitat creation/rehabilitation, and reintroductions as a conservation intervention.
Bristol RM, Fraser I, Groombridge JJ, Verissimo D (2014) An economic analysis of species conservation and translocation for island communities: the Seychelles paradise flycatchers as a case study. Journal of Environmental Economics and Policy. DOI:10.1080/21606544.2014.886531.
Bristol RM, Fabre PH, Irestedt M, Jønsson KA, Shah NJ, Tatayah V, Warren BH, Groombridge JJ (2013) Molecular phylogeny of the Indian Ocean Terpsiphone paradise flycatchers: undetected evolutionary diversity revealed amongst island populations. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 67: 336-347.
Bristol RM, Tucker R, Dawson DA, Horsburgh G, Prys-Jones RP, Frantz AC, Krupa A, Shah NJ, Burke T, Groombridge JJ (2013) Comparison of historical bottleneck effects and genetic consequences of re-introduction in a critically endangered island passerine. Molecular Ecology, 22: 4644-4622.
Groombridge JJ, Raisin C, Bristol RM, Richardson DS (2012) Genetic consequences of reintroductions and insights from population history. In: Reintroduction biology: integrating science and management (Ed: Ewen, J.G., Armstrong, D.P., Parker, K.A. & Seddon, P.J.). Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK.back to top