I have worked in conservation for the past 15 years in different contexts and began working with the hihi when I started my PhD in 2016. My research career has focused on conservation genetics up till now but I am excited to begin expanding my research into the fields of disease ecology and epidemiology. The hihi are susceptible to a number of parasites that can cause disease. Previously two population declines that we know about have been attributed to disease underscoring the importance of this field to the conservation of the species.
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