About Us

Welcome to our blog: WildlifeSNPits! We aim to blog at the intersection of conservation and evolution. Each of our writers works in these two fields while varying in degrees, with some more focused on conservation and others evolution. Our primary aim is to discuss contemporary issues in conservation and evolution along with comments on science outreach, education, and policy as well.

Without further ado, we are:

Emily Puckett
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I am a postdoc at Fordham University.  My interests center on population genomics, and identifying signatures of adaptation versus genetic drift.  My dissertation focused on the American black bear (Ursus americanus) and my postdoc on brown rats (Rattus norvegicus). My evolutionary interests relate to population-level diversity in functional traits and how that diversity varies over geographic space. My conservation interests center around the trade (both legal and illegal) of wildlife goods and how international policies and the luxury goods industry effect trade volume and the species involved.
Find me on: Twitter || My Website || Google Scholar || Instagram

Stephanie Schuttler
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My research interests revolve broadly around topics in animal behavior, molecular ecology, movement ecology, and the natural history of mammals. I am especially interested in research with conservation or management implications, and particularly on endangered and threatened species. My postdoctoral work at the University of Missouri involved several projects on raccoon disease ecology and social behavior in Missouri. My dissertation research also at the University of Missouri focused on understanding the social structure of African forest elephants in Gabon using non-invasive genetics, satellite telemetry, and social network models. I also have strong interests in science education, communication, and outreach to the general public.
Find me on: Twitter || My Website || Google Scholar || Instagram

Anna MacDonald
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My research interests focus on molecular ecology, conservation and population genetics, with an emphasis on using genetic data to inform wildlife management. I’m currently a postdoc at the Institute for Applied Ecology, University of Canberra, Australia. I study the genetics of native Australian wildlife, especially mammals and reptiles, and non-native invasive species such as foxes and cats. I’m really interested in using environmental DNA to tackle ecological questions, for example I use DNA to detect predators and their prey from faeces. My PhD research involved the development and application of population genetic markers for the tammar wallaby, and fostered my interest in using sex chromosome markers in population genetics. I also analysed wallaby sperm DNA to study mutations and evolutionary processes affecting microsatellite repeats.
Find me on: Twitter || My Website || Google Scholar || Instagram

Guest Posts
If you are interested in writing a guest post at WildlifeSNPits, please email us (wildlifesnpits at gmail dot com). Please include a pitch for a blog post aimed at the intersection of evolution and conservation. While our current bloggers focus on animals, our definition of wildlife includes plants, invertebrates, and fungi too!

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