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PhD researcher in Conservation Genetics, Queen Mary University of London

James is a PhD student at Queen Mary University of London. He is interested in conservation and population genetics with a focus on woody plants. His current research seeks to understand the decline of Dwarf Birch in the Scottish Highlands due to habitat fragmentation, climate change and population genetic processes.

James also has extensive field experience on biodiversity research expeditions around the world, from the deserts of Arabia, to the Amazon rainforests. He founded the social enterprise Discover Conservation, and is passionate about citizen science and public engagement. James also speaks regularly to a variety of audiences across the UK.

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  • –present
    PhD student in Conservation Genetics, Queen Mary, University of London


  • 2011 
    University of Exeter, Biological Sciences

Professional Memberships

  • Genetics Society
  • Royal Society of Biology
  • Royal Geographical Society
  • British Exploring Society