Miss Felicity Wynne
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Miss Felicity Wynne

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School of Biological & Marine Sciences (Faculty of Science & Engineering)

Role

PhD Candidate studying the ecology of amphibian and reptile pathogens in tropical systems

Qualifications

2013-2014 MSc Wild Animal Biology, ZSL Institute of Zoology and The Royal Veterinary College 
2010-2013 BSc (Hons) Zoology, Roehampton University 

2017 Professional Development in Academic Practice, Plymouth University 

Professional membership

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Teaching interests

I am currently teaching and supervising undergraduate students during their laboratory-based final projects. I also support and demonstrate on a variety of undergraduate classes, including molecular ecology, microbiology, plant physiology and evolutionary biology laboratory practicals. In addition, I have facilitated problem based learning sessions and written exam questions for Wild Animal Biology MSc students.


Research interests

I have a broad interest in wildlife disease epidemiology and its importance to conservation. My research to date has specifically focused on amphibian and reptile diseases. For my PhD I have been researching two infectious pathogens (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis and Ranavirus) of conservation concern from amphibians and reptiles in tropical systems. I have mainly focused on Costa Rican amphibians and reptiles from the Area de Conservation Guanacaste, which have undergone severe population declines, but have also worked on endangered Australian amphibians.


Past projects have included investigating infectious diseases in the UK amphibian pet trade, the detection of B. dendrobatidis from caecilian amphibians, investigating the presence of B. dendrobatidis in amphibians from Ireland, the Seychelles and Peru and researching how a novel disease (aetiologic agent: Amphibiothecum) may affect sexual selection in UK amphibians.