PhD Student
Behavioural ecology
Conservation translocation
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Institute of Zoology
Zoological Society of London

Using science to inform conservation decision-making.

Rare, elusive species are challenging to monitor, and Emily's PhD research focuses on planning species conservation in the face of uncertainty using the Kapitia skink as a case study. The Kapitia skink, Oligosoma salmo, is a critically endangered lizard native to Aotearoa New Zealand. Emily's research looks at applying a series of demographic models, ecological niche models, and expert elicitation exercises that will contribute to the end goal of establishing a new population of this fascinating species.

Emily Jordan fieldwork
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Prior to starting her PhD research, Emily worked on a number of UK-based reintroduction projects, biodiversity monitoring schemes, and environmental education initiatives. Emily has broad research interests across ecology and evolution, with an ultimate goal of applying research to tackle biodiversity conservation and animal welfare needs.

Emily Jordan fieldwork
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Professional history

2021: Pool Frog Recovery Project Assistant, ARC UK
2019-2021: Wildlife Carer, PACT Animal Sanctuary
2019: Fieldwork Assistant, Pensthorpe Wildlife Trust
2018: Protected Areas Intern, UNEP-WCMC
2017-18: MRes Wildlife Conservation, University of Southampton & Marwell Wildlife
2016-17: Project Coordinator, Education in the Greenspace