Dr Hazel Jackson
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Invasive species, parakeets, endemic species, population genetics, evolution, conservation genetics
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I am an evolutionary biologist and wildlife conservationist based at the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE) at the University of Kent. I completed my BSc in Wildlife Conservation and MSc by research at DICE. I also completed my PhD at DICE in January 2015, on the evolutionary conservation genetics of invasive and endemic parrots under a graduate teaching scholarship. I am now a postdoctoral research associate supervising an MSc by research student, Hadi Al Hikmani, working on the population genetics of the endangered Arabian Leopard in Oman.
Having obtained my PGCHE, I have also worked as a sessional lecturer within the department on a number of undergraduate modules. I previously worked as a postdoctoral research assistant for the Seychelles Islands Foundation to determine the evolutionary distinctiveness of the Seychelles black parrot.
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I am a part of Dr Jim Groombridge's genetic research group, which focuses on conservation genetics, ecological and evolutionary studies. My research interests centre around evolutionary conservation genetics, phylogenetics and biogeography in both invasive and endemic species. I use molecular DNA techniques to understand fundamental eco-evolutionary questions in invasion biology and species conservation.
My research includes evolutionary phylogenetics and biogeography of globally invasive species across large continental systems, such as the ring-necked parakeet. I am also interested in the population genetics of small, endemic island species, in particular those in the Indian Ocean islands. I have studied the endangered Seychelles black parrot and Aldabran fody. I have also worked with a number of extinct parrots, successfully extracting DNA to resolve their taxonomic affinities.back to top
I am available to provide topical commentary on issues relating to conservation genetics and evolutionary biology, in both endemic and invasive species.
I have made a number of media interviews:
- BBC Midlands (TV appearance): Ring-necked parakeets in the UK
- BBC News May 2012: London parakeets found in Sandwell
- BBC South East (TV appearance): Ring-necked parakeets in the UK
- BBC Springwatch 2014 (TV appearance): Ring-necked parakeets in the UK
- BBC Springwatch Blog November 2014: A Wonderful Set of Primaries
- Seychelles National news agency (public lecture and TV appearance): Saving the endemic Seychelles black parrot
- BBC Wildlife Magazine (December 2014): Ring-necked parakeets colonisation in the UK