A new research project at the University of Kent is looking for genetic evidence of a historical population bottleneck in the Seychelles kestrel by analysing DNA extracted from museum specimens estimated to be 100-150 years old.
Dr Jim Groombridge, Lecturer in Biodiversity Conservation at the University’s Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology, has been awarded £14,600 funding from The Royal Society to conduct population genetic research on oceanic island birds.
Museum collections throughout the UK, Europe and the US are contributing samples for DNA analysis from their preserved kestrel specimens, which were collected on the Seychelles by early Victorian naturalists. The aim is to interpret temporal changes in genetic variation in the Seychelles population alongside historical records of population size, to help improve our understanding of genetic bottlenecks in conservation biology.
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