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Dr Hazel Jackson

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Invasive species, parakeets, endemic species, population genetics, evolution, conservation genetics


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Academic background

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.

Twitter: @WildParakeetsUK

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Clay, T. et al. (2017). Escaping the oligotrophic gyre? The year-round movements, foraging behaviour and habitat preferences of Murphy's petrels. Marine Ecology Progress Series [Online] 579:139-155. Available at:
Jackson, H. et al. (2016). Evolutionary distinctiveness and historical decline in genetic diversity in the Seychelles Black Parrot Coracopsis nigra barklyi. Ibis [Online]:1-15. Available at:
Crommenacker, J. et al. (2015). Using molecular tools to guide management of invasive alien species: assessing the genetic impact of a recently introduced island bird population. Diversity and Distributions [Online] 21:1414-1427. Available at:
Strubbe, D. et al. (2015). Invasion success of a global avian invader is explained by within-taxon niche structure and association with humans in the native range. Diversity and Distributions [Online] 21:675-685. Available at:
Jackson, H. et al. (2015). Micro-evolutionary diversification among Indian Ocean parrots: temporal and spatial changes in phylogenetic diversity as a consequence of extinction and invasion. Ibis [Online] 157:496-510. Available at:
Jackson, H. et al. (2015). Ancestral origins and invasion pathways in a globally invasive bird correlate with climate and influences from bird trade. Molecular Ecology [Online] 24:4269-4285. Available at:
Jackson, H., Morgan, B. and Groombridge, J. (2013). How closely do measures of mitochondrial DNA control region diversity reflect recent trajectories of population decline in birds? Conservation Genetics [Online] 14:1291-1296. Available at:
Total publications in KAR: 7 [See all in KAR]


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Ring-necked parakeet on bird feederI 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.

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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:

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