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Research interests

I am a molecular ecologist with a longstanding interest in ecology and conservation. I am particularly interested in using molecular methods to study topics such as phylogeography, invasive species, the connection between genetic diversity and fitness, as well as adaptive genetic variation and how selection shapes genetic diversity. My current research focusses on using environmental DNA to detect rare species, as well as understanding introduction routes of invasive species.

Approach to teaching

I believe students learn best when student centered approaches are used and I aim to incorporate inquiry based and cooperative learning into my teaching wherever possible. In my lectures I try to guide students through relevant topics, with the expectation that they will engage with the material at a deeper level outside of the classroom. To facilitate this I provide guided reading as well as online resources. I engage students during lectures by asking questions, giving room for discussions as well as group work. I also incorporate practical sessions wherever possible, to give students hands on experience and an opportunity to immerse themselves in inquiry-based learning.

Supervisory Interests

I am happy to supervise projects in the area of molecular ecology as well as amphibian ecology and conservation. I am particularily interested in phylogeography and species distribution, invasive species and the application of eDNA methods to conservation.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Sussex


Bachelor, University of Sussex



  • QH301 Biology
  • Molecular Ecology
  • Ecology
  • Amphibians

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Research Output 1998 2018

A reassessment of the biogeographic range of northern clade pool frogs (Pelophylax lessonae)

Zeisset, I. & Hoogesteger, T., 2 Apr 2018, In : Herpetological Journal. 28, p. 63-72 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
invasive species
Open Access
Bufo calamita
major histocompatibility complex
refuge habitats
genetic variation
MHC Class II Genes

Donor population size rather than local adaptation can be a key determinant of amphibian translocation success

Zeisset, I. & Beebee, T. J. C., 1 Jun 2013, In : Animal Conservation. 16, 3, p. 359-366 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

local adaptation
population size

Larval fitness and immunogenetic diversity in chytrid-infected and uninfected natterjack toad (Bufo calamita) populations

May, S., Zeisset, I. & Beebee, T. J. C., 30 Jun 2011, In : Conservation Genetics. 12, 3

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle