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MRes Wildlife Conservation

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Lara Jackson is an MRes Wildlife Conservation Student within Biological Sciences at the University of Southampton.

I graduated from the University of Southampton in 2017 with a first class honours in BSc Zoology.

My undergraduate dissertation investigated the personality traits exhibited by two sympatric species of mouse lemur (Microcebus murinus and M. ravelobensis) in north-western Madagascar. This involved trapping the animals using Sherman Live traps and assessing their behavioural response to human handling.

I have also conducted a short research project in the Chiquibul Forest Reserve in Belize. The neotropical symbiotic relationship between acacia trees and the Pseudomyrmex genus of ants was investigated using model caterpillars to assess the extent of attack occurrence by the ants and therefore, the efficacy of the obligate mutualism. I am currently working towards publication.

 

Research interests

Research area:

I will be heading to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya for my 8 month MRes research project. Here I will be studying the dietary composition of the critically endangered Eastern Black Rhino in relation to the overall browse availability in the reserve.

Furthermore, there are two key areas of wildlife conservation that I would love to research further. Firstly, human-wildlife conflicts and how these issues can be addressed for the benefit of the wildlife and the local communities and secondly, animal behaviour; particularly how and why behaviour differs between wild and captive populations.

Why I chose MRes Wildlife Conservation or MRes Advanced Biological Sciences:

My favourite aspect of Zoology and Wildlife Conservation is the opportunity to spend time in the field, researching animals in their natural environment. So, I was thrilled when I found the MRes Wildlife Conservation, as it combines academic work with a practical element. Being based at Marwell is giving me the opportunity to work alongside experts in the field as well as gaining insights into the activities of an action-oriented conservation organisation!

Aims for the future:

I hope that this course will continue to develop my research skills and prepare me for a PhD so that I can pursue a career in conservation biology. I’m particularly interested in human-wildlife conflict and animal behaviour and I hope that the skills I gain on the MRes will allow me to establish myself within this sector.

Supervisor: Dr Orly Razgour

Research group

Ecology and Evolution

Affiliate research group

MRes Wildlife Conservation

Miss Lara Jackson
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Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences
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University of Southampton
Highfield Campus
Southampton
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