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Jacqueline Bishop

Senior Lecturer in Conservation Ecology & Genetics, University of Cape Town

My research is centered on understanding how human-mediated disruptions to the ecology and evolution of species influences extinction risk in natural populations of vertebrates. I use molecular, behavioural and ecological methods to explore the genetic status of populations and species, determine patterns of parentage and relatedness among individuals, and document aspects of health and disease in wildlife species. I have an ongoing interest in the evolutionary drivers of mate choice behaviour, together with understanding the relative importance of adaptive genetic variation in free-living populations, and working within this framework I use a number of taxa as models to test current theories. These have included crocodiles, rhinoceros, baboons, gorillas, and mole-rats, and more recently seabirds, bats, leopards and caracal.


  • 2003 
    University of Cape Town, PhD