BSc Biology – Universita' di Parma, Italy, 2012
MSc Zoo Conservation Biology – Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, 2014
PhD Conservation Biology - Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, ongoing
I’m a PhD student at Manchester Metropolitan University. My work focuses on understanding the genetics and ecology of the critically endangered mountain bongo, a large, forest antelope found only in montane habitat in central Kenya. My PhD is funded by both Chester Zoo and Manchester Metropolitan University.
The mountain bongo is limited to only four mountain areas in central Kenya and it has suffered severe population decline with less than 100 estimated to survive in the wild. However thanks to the effort of zoos worldwide there are now around 700 mountain bongos in zoos worldwide.
Tommy working in the field
My aim is to understand gene flow and inbreeding amongst remnant wild populations, but also to use genetics to inform both management of the captive population and decisions for future reintroduction. Using camera traps, I aim to assess habitat associations in order to identify remaining suitable habitat. My work will be shared with the Kenya Wildlife Service who will then implement the results in defining the best management strategies for this critically endangered Kenyan endemic. My work is carried out in collaboration with Chester Zoo, the Kenya Wildlife Service and MuSe-Trento Science Museum.
Camera trap images from Kenya
Dr. Bradley Cain (School of Science and the Environment, Manchester Metropolitan University)
Dr Nick Davis (Chester Zoo)
Dr. Edwin Harris (School of Science and the Environment, Manchester Metropolitan University)
Dr. Martin Jones (School of Science and the Environment, Manchester Metropolitan University)