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Welcome to the Clare lab

Here's what we do

The ecological challenge of our time is to rapidly measure biodiversity and assess the effects of environmental change on species interactions. The biodiversity crisis coupled with climate change is producing rapid environmental alterations that threaten every aspect of life for every organism on the planet.

In our research group we are developing and applying novel technological approaches to monitor biodiversity, identify species interactions, and assess ecosystem level responses to changes so that effective predictions can be made about future events.

We've used eDNA in water to monitor fish, iDNA in leeches to monitor vertebrates and DNA in faeces to work out predator-prey and seed dispersal relationships. We have developed a mobile laboratory to sequence DNA in a Belize jungle.

Most recently we invented a way to extract mammal DNA out of air samples. This new "airDNA" represents an exciting new opportunity to monitor terrestrial life, particularly elusive animals underground or deep in caves.

See coverage of our airDNA work in Science here

You can see a movie about airDNA here:

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We are recruiting!

I am currently looking for two enthusiastic students to join the lab to complete an MSc and a PhD studying bat mediated seed dispersal. Contact me with your CV if you are interested. Experience handling bats and some ability in Spanish would be an asset