• Question: What is favourite animal to study?

    Asked by thaw493tad to Rebecca on 7 Nov 2023. This question was also asked by them493tad.
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      Rebecca Shaw answered on 7 Nov 2023: last edited 7 Nov 2023 10:00 am

      One that I am currently studying in my PhD – the Black-footed ferret! They are currently endangered and I am working on trying to understand their genetics and how their close call with extinction has impacted their fitness. They’ve had such a crazy history – there were only 14 Black-footed ferrets left in the wild until scientists found them and tried to save them. So they were almost extinct! Now, there are over 300 in the wild and methods like genetically cloning a Black-footed ferret are being used to try and save them.
      If I wasn’t studying these, I would love to study marine animals (like basking sharks or orca), they have such different life histories it would be cool to look at their genetics!