Veronica Gomez-Pourroy has now left ZSL.
- 2011-2012: Research Technician for the dung fly project and R.A.C.E., Institute of Zoology.
- 2011: Field researcher, QMUL/Surrey Wildlife Trust.
- 2009: Laboratory assistant, School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, QMUL.
- 2008-2011: BSc Hons Zoology, Queen Mary University of London.
- 2008: Learning volunteer, London Zoo, ZSL.
- 2006-2007: Sales assistant, PetWorld pet shop and veterinary clinic, Mexico.
I am a recent Zoology graduate with a passion for conservation science, reproductive biology, host-parasite interactions and infectious disease. My fascination also extends to a plethora of topics in animal behaviour, global change biology and tropical ecology.
As a research technician, I am currently working on the dung fly experimental ecology project. This involves investigating the influence of a potentially lethal fungal infection on various sexual, immunological and fitness elements of S. stercoraria. By designing and performing experiments, analysing physiological and behavioural data, and employing the pertinent molecular techniques, I aim to understand further aspects of sperm competition and other reproductive strategies. More precisely, I explore the occurrence of terminal investment, paternity success and sperm precedence. The project has produced some fantastic results so far – working with insects has proven to be fun and immensely interesting!!
The next step will be to become involved in exceedingly exciting R.A.C.E. projects that address the ongoing chytridiomycosis epidemic. Understanding the dynamics of the disease is crucial when addressing amphibian conservation issues, as infection with Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis is one of the elements believed to be partly responsible for the worldwide decline in amphibian populations. Watch this space…
Dr. Trent Garner (IoZ)
Dr. Rob Knell (QMUL)