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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.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Sussex

19972001

Bachelor, University of Sussex

19941997

Keywords

  • 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, 28, p. 63-72 10 p.

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Pelophylax
frogs
Finland
Sweden
invasive species

Drift rather than selection dominates MHC class II allelic diversity patterns at the biogeographical range scale in natterjack toads Bufo calamita

Zeisset, I. & Beebee, T. J. C., 17 Jun 2014, 9, 6

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

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Bufo calamita
major histocompatibility complex
loci
refuge habitats
genetic variation

Bufo MHC class II loci with conserved introns flanking exon 2: cross-species amplification with common primers

Zeisset, I. & Beebee, T. J. C., 1 Mar 2013, 5, 1

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Bufonidae
Introns
Exons
MHC Class II Genes
Alleles

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, 16, 3, p. 359-366 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

local adaptation
translocation
amphibian
population size
allele

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, 12, 3

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