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Project title
The role of population genetics in a captive bat colony.
Contact name
Louise Gibson / Andrew Cunningham
Project based at
Zoological Society of London
Project description
The Eidolon helvum fruit bat (Straw coloured fruit bat) is found to exist throughout sub Saharan Africa. Since 2007, the Bats & Bugs project has been studying this species and their link to zoonotic viruses and spillover. In 2009/2010 a research colony was established in captivity. The facility which houses the bat colony exists on the grounds of Accra Zoo, Accra, Ghana where they are cared for by trained keepers.
No work has previously been done to look at the population genetics of our research bat colony. However, any findings could be substantial in helping answer key research questions linking viral persistence, immunogenetics and population structure.

The project will involve:
• Lab work, training and competent use of extraction kits, multiplex PCR kits, capillary gel electrophoresis and microsatellite analysis.
• Working alongside others and independently.
Additional requirements
• Good organisation and attention to detail. • Good record keeping. • Good database management. • Ability to learn new techniques and use analysis software.
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Project length limitations
3.5 months, 5 months
Available date limitations
Winter (January), Spring (April-May)
Suitable for
Ecology Evolution and Conservation