Science and conservation for the world’s 2800 small mammal species

I am a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London (ZSL), with a primary interest in understanding mammal extinction dynamics and developing conservation programmes for a wide range of threatened mammal species. I have been heavily involved with the development of ZSL’s EDGE of Existence conservation programme, which aims to prioritise species for conservation attention on the basis of both threat and unique evolutionary history. Through my involvement with the EDGE programme, I have conducted considerable research and conservation programme development on the threatened small mammal faunas of the insular Caribbean, focusing on the Hispaniolan solenodon (Solenodon paradoxus) and Hispaniolan hutia (Plagiodontia aedium). I have conducted fieldwork in both Haiti and the Dominican Republic, to assess the distribution and threat status of both species, and have also conducted palaeontological field research into the Quaternary history of Hispaniola and other Caribbean islands in order to reconstruct past human impacts and extinction chronologies for the unique Caribbean land mammal fauna.