Conservation Science

Conservation Science

The Conservation Science group is an inter-disciplinary collaboration between wildlife veterinarians and geneticists, operating from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and the Roslin Institute, at the University of Edinburgh.  Our focus is on the transfer and application of science and clinical practice to wildlife conservation, both here in Scotland and internationally.   As a founding member of Edinburgh Conservation Science (ECOS), we are committed to promoting world class research and training that benefit global biodiversity.

Conservation Medicine is an interdisciplinary approach to health and may be regarded as the application of One Health to the conservation of biodiversity.

Our team includes vets and scientists with experience and expertise in the field of wildlife health, ecosystem health and epidemiology. We provide clinical and scientific expertise for conservation projects and wildlife health research projects.

We are involved in a wide variety of projects including wildlife disease surveillance, zoonotic disease research, species conservation, and translocations or reintroductions.

We provide veterinary consultancy services for conservation or research projects and are happy to provide advice or discuss potential collaborations.  

We also provide training for vets in Conservation Medicine through our MVetSci programme and CPD courses. 

For more information, please contact Dr Neil Anderson.

We generate and apply genetic data for the conservation of endangered species and populations throughout the world.   We support captive breeding, reintroduction projects and natural population management through the delivery of DNA analysis to inform practical decision-making and broader conservation policy.

Our group includes experienced applied conservation geneticists with expertise in traditional DNA marker approaches, next-generation sequencing and whole genome bioinformatics.  We work across a broad range of taxa including plants, all major invertebrate groups and invertebrates.

The Conservation Genetics Group also hosts the IUCN SSC Conservation Genetics Specialist Group secretariat and the coordinator of Edinburgh Conservation Science (ECOS).

We also provide training through our MSc/Dip/Cert & Short Courses on Applied Conservation Genetics with Wildlife Conservation by online learning. 

Alongside our core research, we provide genetic analysis services to the wildlife conservation community and are always happy to provide advice and discuss potential collaborative projects.  For more information, please contact either Dr Rob Ogden or Dr Silvia Perez-Espona.