I am a post-doctoral research fellow in the Department of Anatomy at the University of Otago. My research focuses on the effects of drastic reductions in population size on the genetics and extinction risk of threatened species. Specifically, I investigate how inbreeding (mating between relatives) and inbreeding depression (a reduction in fitness in the offspring of related individuals) affects male fertility and reproductive success in New Zealand birds. My work involves a combination of field research, genetics, and computer modelling. I am also interested in the effective integration of genetics into conservation management.
I moved to New Zealand to study for my PhD at Victoria University of Wellington and have been working in the Gemmell lab at the University of Otago since graduating two years ago. For more information on my work, please visit my website: http://helentaylorscience.weebly.com/