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Dr Orly Razgour

Dr Orly Razgour

Dr Orly Razgour
PhD(Bristol), MSc(Negev), BSc Hons(Kent)

NERC Advanced Research Fellow

Area of research

Developing an integrated framework for investigating biodiversity responses to global environmental change

Life Sciences Building,
24 Tyndall Avenue, Bristol BS8 1TQ
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Summary

The overall goal of my research programme is to establish and implement an integrated framework for understanding and predicting the responses of biodiversity to global environmental change. I combine genomic tools with ecological research, geographical data and modelling approaches to determine how climate change will interact with habitat loss and environmental heterogeneity to affect the future distribution, genetic composition and long-term persistence of species as a function of their adaptive potential. I use European forest bats as a model for mammals and birds that are at risk of extinction from range and habitat loss as a result of global changes. My research programme encompasses four main areas of investigation:

1) Genomic approaches to studying species responses to climate change: investigating genetic adaptations and their population level consequences.

2) Landscape genetics and the effect of environmental heterogeneity on range shifts.

3) Ecological modelling of distribution, movement patterns and biotic interactions.

4) Phylogeography and evolutionary history. 

 

Biography

Research interests

I am a molecular ecologist and conservation biologist with research interests in global change biology. I consider biodiversity at all levels of organisation from genes to ecological interactions. My research is primarily multidisciplinary, combining novel genetic and genomic tools with spatial, ecological and mathematical modelling to investigate adaptations at the molecular and population levels and interactions between organisms and their environment.

My research programme encompasses four main areas of investigation:

1) Genomic approaches to studying species responses to climate change: investigating genetic adaptations and their population level consequences.

2) Landscape genetics and the effect of environmental heterogeneity on range shifts.

3) Ecological modelling of distribution, dispersal and biotic interactions.

4) Phylogeography and evolutionary history. 

 

Academic history

2009 - 2012 -  PhD at the University of Bristol with Faculty of Science Commendation. 'From genes to landscapes: Conservation Biology of the grey long-eared bat, Plecotus austriacus, across spatial and temporal scales'.

2006 - 2008 -  M.Sc in Ecology, with Distinction, at Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, Ben-Gurion University. 'Use of natural bodies of water by desert-dwelling insectivorous bats'.

2003 - 2006 -  B.Sc Hons in Biodiversity Conservation and Management, with Distinction, at DICE, University of Kent at Canterbury

 

Previous academic positions

2013 - 2015 -  Impact Research Fellow, University of Stirling, Biological & Environmental Sciences

 

Additional research projects

2014-2015 – ‘Up in the air: researching ecological connectivity in sky island bats of the Ethiopian Highlands’, role: PI (British Ecological Society Research Grant)

2014-2015 – ‘Using genetic tools to assess the conservation status of cave-dwelling bats’, PI Rachael Cooper-Bohannon (Rufford Small Grant Fund)

Keywords

  • Conservation biology
  • Molecular ecology
  • Global change biology
  • Genetic adaptations
  • Landscape genomics
  • Ecological modelling
  • Climate change
  • Range shifts
  • Interspecific interactions

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Recent publications

View complete publications list in the University of Bristol publications system

Networks & contacts

  • Collaborators: Bat Conservation Trust

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