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Ecology and Conservation

 Alice Pawlik

Alice Pawlik

PhD student

 Stella Turk Building 


University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Penryn, TR10 9FE


I am a keen herpetologist with a particular interest in amphibian disease, ecology, and conservation. I have lots of experience working with both museum and zoological collections of reptiles and amphibians, and have enjoyed teaching about conservation whilst working for various animal charities.


2017-2018 MRes Ecology, Evolution and Conservation, Imperial College London

2012-2016 BSc (Hons) Conservation Biology, University of Plymouth

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Research interests

Broad research specialisms:  Herpetology, taxonomy, microbiology

Research projects

Project Title:  Establishing the links between skin microbiome, pollution and disease susceptibility in a native UK amphibian species

Supervisors:  Dr Xavier Harrison, Professor Charles Tyler, Professor Barbara Kasprzyk-Horden, Professor Trenton Garner

Funding Body:  NERC GW4+ DTP

Project Description:  To establish the links between skin microbiome, antimicrobial pollutants, and disease (specifically ranavirus infection) in common frogs (Rana temporaria) I will conduct field surveys and use molecular tools. Overall, my aim is to understand whether antimicrobial pollutants alter amphibian disease susceptibility.

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