Deborah Leigh

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Research Interests

For my PhD I am interested in investigating the parameters that influence the adaptive potential of reintroduced populations. For this project, I will focus on the Alpine ibex (Capra ibex), a species that underwent a severe bottleneck of less than 100 individuals, and subsequent reintroductions to establish a current population size of over 40,000. Within Switzerland, 41 ibex populations have been established through reintroduction. These populations differ markedly in initial founder composition, as well as demographic and genetic parameters such as genetic variance and population size. I hope to use next generation sequencing to help understand how adaptive potential varies between populations and to discern what factors may contribute to this.



2013 - 2018 Ph.D. Evolutionary Biology, Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2011 - 2012 MRes Ecology, Evolution and Conservation, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
2008 - 2011 BSc Biological Sciences Honours Zoology, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Research Assistantships

2012 - 2013 Hihi project, Zoological Society of London, United Kingdom
2011 Soay Sheep Project, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2010 Hoverfly Behaviour and Conservation, Stirling University, United Kingdom