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Jessica Emma Thomas

Postdoctoral Researcher, Swansea University

I am currently a Scientific Officer within the Comparative Immunology and Pathobiology group at Swansea University, working as part of the BlueFish Project My research focuses on diseases in the marine ecosystem, looking at disease connectivity between marine invertebrates such as crabs and slipper limpets, and the environments they live in using environmental DNA.

My PhD (Awarded by Bangor University the University of Copenhagen) research focused on ancient population genetics and species-environment interactions in different ecosystems and the influence of environmental change on species extinction. The main aim of my research was to investigate the influence of climate warming on the extinction of the Great Auk.


  • 2018–present
    Scientific Officer, Swansea University


  • 2018 
    PhD "Evolution & Extinction of the Great Auk:A Palaeogenomic Approach" , Bangor University & Copenhagen University
  • 2013 
    MRes "A Population Genetic Study of Manta birostris & Mobula Species", University of Glamorgan
  • 2011 
    BSC (Hons) "International Wildlife Biology), University of Glamorgan