Conservation Science

Emily Humble

Research Fellow in Conservation Genomics

Bird Island
Bird Island, South Georgia

I am a conservation geneticist with a particular interest in using genomic tools to inform conservation management and wildlife law enforcement.

I joined the R(D)SVS and the Roslin Institute in 2018 as a Research Fellow in Conservation Genomics. I am currently working on genetic datasets of scimitar-horned oryx,  manta rays and critically endangered guitarfish and wedgefish to help inform future management, and am using hand-held sequencing technologies to aid in elasmobranch fisheries monitoring and law enforcement in Sri Lanka. I also contribute to the Masters Programme in Wildlife Conservation Genetics with Wildlife Forensics.

I completed my PhD at Bielefeld University and the British Antarctic Survey where I developed a genomic toolkit for the Antarctic fur seal to investigate inbreeding, population structure and the impacts of hunting. Prior to this, I worked on adaptive divergence in lamnid sharks using transcriptome sequencing at Imperial College London. I have a particular interest in manta and devil rays and work closely with the Manta Trust on a global manta ray genetics project.

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2014-2018    Doctor of Philosohy (PhD), Bielefled University and the British Antarctic Survey
2012-2013    MRes Biodiversity Informatics and Genomics, Imperial College London

2008-2011    BSc Biology, University of Sussex


Key publications:

Hosegood J., Humble E., Ogden R., de Bruyn M., et al. (2020) Phylogenomics and species delimitation for effective conservation of manta and devil rays. Molecular Ecology. 2 (24), 4783-4796. 

Humble E., Dobrynin P., Senn H., Chuven J., et al. (2020) Chromosomal-level genome assembly of the scimitar-horned oryx: Insights into diversity and demography of a species extinct in the wild. Molecular Ecology Resources. 20 (6), 1668-1681. Perspective piece.

Humble E., Paijmans A.J., Forcada J ., Hoffman JI. (2020) An 85K SNP array uncovers inbreeding and cryptic relatedness in an Antarctic fur seal breeding colony. G3: Genes, Genomes and Genetics. 10 (8), 2787-2799.

Stoffel M., Humble E., Paijmans A.J., Acevedo-Whitehouse K., et al. (2018) Demographic histories and genetic diversity across pinnipeds are shaped by human exploitation, ecology and life-history. Nature Communications. 9, 4836.