Astrid Andersson - Ph.D. Candidate (expected completion: 2021)
Astrid is conducting research on the conservation of the critically endangered Yellow-crested cockatoo (Cacauta sulphurea) in both its native and introduced ranges. She has spent the last four years researching Hong Kong's introduced, ~150 strong Yellow-crested Cockatoo population, including roost counts, nest monitoring, recording vocalisations, camera trapping, habitat transects, diet analysis and observing interactions with other species. She also conducted bi-weekly surveys of the bird market in order to quantify local trade in this species.
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Chloe Hatten - Ph.D. Candidate (expected completion: 2021)
Chloe's PhD is focused on developing genetic tools that can help to enforce illegal trade of the critically endangered Helmeted Hornbill. In collaborating with forensics labs across the native range of this species, she is developing a genoscape - a map of genetic variation across the range of this species. Once completed, this map will assist in the identification of the origin of hornbill casques seized in trade.
John Allcock - Senior Research Assistant
As a life-long birder I am always pleased to be able to follow a career in bird research and conservation. Having previously worked at the internationally important Mai Po Nature Reserve, I am particularly interested in ecology and conservation of wetland birds and in the migratory links between Hong Kong and other countries in Asia.
As well as birds, I have a great interest in bats, and I am looking to develop projects into the ecology of bats in Hong Kong, especially the potential impacts of urbanisation on local species. I think that effective biodiversity conservation relies on the support of the public, which starts with an understanding of the diversity around them. As such, I am keen to increase public involvement with biodiversity conservation and research, particularly through the promotion of citizen science projects. I am also actively involved with the Hong Kong Bird Watching Society.
Tracey Prigge - Lab Manager, Research Assistant
Tracey is originally from South Africa where she received her BSc in Zoology and MSc in Genetics from The University of Pretoria. For her MSc she worked on the subcellular localization of Nonstructural protein NS3 of African Horsesickness virus. She also worked as a research assistant in the Forest Molecular Genetics Group at the University of Pretoria before moving to Hong Kong. She is the Molecular Lab Manager for the Conservation Forensics Lab and supports several of the ongoing projects in our lab. She is particularly interested in using her molecular background to tackle wildlife trafficking in Hong Kong, using genetic data for species identification, determining of sample origin, and mapping out trafficking routes.