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Hazel Jackson

Hazel Jackson

Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Kent

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 PhD on the evolutionary history, ancestral origins and population genetics of invasive ring-necked parakeets. I previously worked as a postdoctoral research assistant for the Seychelles Islands Foundation to determine the evolutionary distinctiveness of the Seychelles black parrot.

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.

Parakeets are the new pigeons – and they're on course for global domination

Aug 01, 2016 07:14 am UTC| Nature

Love them or hate them, ring-necked parakeets have invaded Europe and theyre here to stay. Already a staple of many urban parks and gardens around the UK, some of these charismatic bright green birds are now so comfortable...

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