I am an evolutionary geneticist with a particular interest in conservation genomics and ecological adaptation of birds. My PhD has focussed on studying island endemic bird populations, under the supervision of Dr Lewis Spurgin and Prof David Richardson at the University of East Anglia. I use targeted fieldwork, molecular genomics and population genetics to understand how founder effects, gene flow and selection shape avian genetic diversity across several groups of islands in the North Atlantic Ocean. Whole genome resequencing approaches combined with dense population sampling using RAD-seq, has allowed me to uncover evolutionary dynamics across these ecologically diverse and structured island populations. I have specialist skills in population genetics software to map and call variants and explore evolutionary questions.
For more birdy information about me and my project see the links below:
Women of the Future event to explore what it means to be a researcher
Genetics Society Podcast discussing Claudia’s PhD fieldwork “Out Standing in the Field: the highs and lows of genetics fieldwork”
Blog, why catch birds? “Herding pipits: genes and traits important for ecological adaptation across islands”