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The Eizaguirre Lab

The Eizaguirre Lab

Evolutionary and Conservation Genetics

The Eizaguirre Lab

Conservation biology is one of the rare fields of biology where evolution has been too often neglected. The reason for it probably stands from the misconception that evolution does not act on a relevant time scale. In our lab, we combine the fields of evolutionary and conservation biology to demonstrate the necessity to consider evolutionary  theories in conservation programs. 

Thanks to our dual approach combining a model (sticklebacks) and non-model system (sea turtles), we can develop new tools, whether ecological or genomic, that can directly be tested experimentally and then deployed to contribute to the protection of endangered species. 

Since 2010 we have been supporting sea turtle conservation groups in Cabo Verde, giving them the needed tools and knowledge to improve their conservation strategies and helping them to build a sustainable future for both sea turtles and local communities. During this time, we have collected thousands of genetic samples and we have created open-source resources that help sea turtle conservation all over the world.

If you are interested in some of our projects and would like to be part of the team, contact us to discuss possibilities or check the existing opportunities in our lab or with our partners in the field.


As part of our work, we create public resources set to help research and/or conservation groups worldwide.

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A new PhD student joins the group

As the new year starts, the team expands. We are joined by James Bazely who will be working on epigenetics of sea turtle adaptation. Here are a few introduction words from James. 

Date added: Monday, February 5, 2024

New PhD position Available - Epigenetics of Sea turtles

Exploring the Impact of Climate Change on Loggerhead Turtles – an Epigenetic Perspective

Date added: Friday, October 6, 2023

Where you will find us

School of Biological and Behavioural Sciences

Queen Mary University of London
Mile End Road, Fogg Building 6.04
E1 4NS London
Tel: +44 (0) 207 882 6982

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