I am conducting research on the genetics and population dynamics of the hazel dormice (Muscardinus avellanarius), a threatened species in the UK. The aim of my research is to identify landscape features that impact dispersal. Thus, I study habitat connectivity across features that facilitate dormouse movement, such as good quality hedgerows, and those that inhibit movement, like roads. Another part of my work is applying mark-recapture and occupancy-based modelling to understand local abundance, distribution and population dynamics. My results will have an impact on conservation management in the UK, through my work with the People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES), the Suffolk Wildlife Trust, and Chester Zoo.
Conservation genetics of the hazel dormice Muscardhinus avellanarius in the UK