Christopher David Barratt
Formal Education and Qualifications:
Sept 2013–April 2017 – PhD (Summa cum laude): Biodiversity patterns and conservation of the coastal forests of Eastern Africa. University of Basel, Switzerland. Supervisor: Dr. Simon Loader.
July 2010 – July 2012 – MSc by research (Pass): Developing microsatellite markers for East African caecilian amphibians. University of Salford, UK. Supervisor: Dr. Robert Jehle.
Sept 2003-Jun 2007 – BSc (1st class honours degree): Wildlife and Practical Conservation. University of Salford, UK. Supervisor: Dr. Paul A. Rees.
Dec 2011-Dec 2016 – Herpetological Journal, Managing editor. Responsible for management and content of the British Herpetological Society’s flagship peer-reviewed journal.
Sept 2010-Nov 2012 – Teaching assistant/demonstrator (September 2010–November 2012). Assisting in the teaching of undergraduate practicals based in the laboratory and leading field work on excursions in the School of Environment and Life Sciences at teh University of Salford during university term time.
Frontier Tanzania Savannah Research Project Research Officer (August 2008–May 2009). Responsible for design and supervision of all amphibian research undertaken. Trained and supervised Research Assistants in all survey techniques for Science programme. Managed camp logistics and designed Science projects. BTEC in Tropical Habitat Conservation mentor and assessor. Controlled budget, managed seven staff and up to 20 Research Assistants.
Endemic bird habitat mapping GIS project, Principe Island, West Africa (August–December 2005). Production of GIS maps – gathered data relating to habitats of endemic bird species by conducting field work, contacting environmental organisations such as ECOFAC (www.ecofac.org) and working with forest guides and local people.
Aug 2017 – Spatial phylogenetics for biodiversity conservation in East Africa. Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Gardens, Kunming Institute of Botany, China. (talk).
Jan 2017 – Drivers of phylogenetic endemism and the conservation of centres of endemism in the coastal forests of Eastern Africa. International Biogeography Society biennial, Tucson, AZ, USA. (talk).
April 2016 – A phylogenetic approach to explain amphibian endemism in the East African coastal forests. Estación Biológica de Doñana, Seville, Spain. (invited talk).
April 2016 – Linking phylogenies and spatial data to explain amphibian endemism in the East African coastal forests. Natural History Museum of Bern, Switzerland. (invited talk).
March 2016 – Using Next Generation Sequencing and DNA barcoding to reveal the biodiversity value of the Coastal forests of Eastern Africa. Department of Life Sciences, University of Roehampton, UK. (invited talk).
December 2015 – Phylogenetic Endemism of a highly threatened biodiversity hotspot. Young Systematists Forum, Natural History Museum, London, UK. (talk)
April 2015 – Using NGS and barcode data to explain diversity patterns in the CFEA. Humer Foundation general annual meeting. University of Salzburg, Austria. (invited talk).
March 2014 – Vanishing refuge: The Coastal Forests of Eastern Africa. 16th African Amphibian Working Group conference, Bwindi, Uganda (talk).
April 2011 – Newly developed microsatellite markers for the East African caecilian, Boulengerula uluguruensis and their utility in congeneric species. British Herpetological Symposium, Bangor, Wales (talk).
June 2017 – Drivers of phylogenetic endemism and the conservation of centres of endemism in the coastal forests of Eastern Africa. Evolution meeting, Portland OR, USA. (poster).
February 2016 – Are the Coastal forests of Eastern Africa a source area of diversity? Biology 16, Swiss Zoological Society, University of Lausanne, Switzerland (poster).
August 2015 – Are the Coastal forests of Eastern Africa a source area of diversity? Systematics Association biennial, Oxford UK (poster).
July 2015 – Are the Coastal forests of Eastern Africa a source area of diversity? Amphibian Conservation Research Symposium, University of Cambridge, UK (poster).
June 2015 – Are the Coastal forests of Eastern Africa a source area of diversity? Genotyping By Sequencing course, The Genome Analysis Centre, Norwich, UK (poster).
February 2015 – Speciation patterns in the Coastal Forests of Eastern Africa. Biology 15, Swiss Zoological Society, Duberdorf, Switzerland (poster).
January 2015 – Speciation patterns in the lowland forests of Eastern Africa. International Biogeography Society 7th biennial, University of Bayreuth, Germany (poster).
September 2014 – Speciation patterns in the lowland forests of Eastern Africa. Genomics of the speciation continuum workshop, University of Fribourg, Switzerland (poster).
Training courses and workshops attended:
Jan 2017 – Cleaning Biodiversity Data. International Biogeography Society biennial, Tucson, AZ, US.
May 2017 – Bioinformatics of long read sequencing (third generation, minION), Swiss Institute for Bioinformatics, University of Bern, Switzerland.
Feb 2016 – Bioinformatics for Adaptation Genomics Winter School, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, held in Weggis, Switzerland.
Oct 2015 – Introduction to high performance computing cluster use. Swiss Institute for Bioinformatics/ University of Basel, Switzerland.
June 2015 – Genotyping By Sequencing. The Genome Analysis Centre, Norwich, UK.
Oct 2014 – Genomics of the speciation continuum. University of Fribourg, Switzerland.
March 2004 – Short course in African wildlife management, Mweka college, Moshi, Tanzania.
Grants: (total ~17,000 EUR)
Oct 2016 -Freiwilligen Akademischen Gesellschaft Basel – 6 month PhD extension grant (12,000 CHF)
Feb 2016 – Swiss Zoological Society – Travel grant to attend 9th International Biogeography Society 2017 meeting in Bahia, Brazil (1000 CHF).
Jan 2015 – Departement Umweltwissenschaften, University of Basel – Travel grant to attend International 8th Biogeography Society biennial conference in Bayreuth, Germany (600 CHF).
Aug 2014 – European Science Foundation ConGenOmics – Short stay grant to visit Natural History Museum London (1’350 EUR).
May 2014 – Departement Umweltwissenschaften, University of Basel – Travel grant to attend 16th African Amphibian Working Group meeting, Bwindi, Uganda (800 CHF).
April 2014 – Freiwilligen Akademischen Gesellschaft Basel – Field work grant for Tanzania (3’500 CHF).
Herpetological Association of Africa, African Amphibian Working Group, British Herpetological Society, Swiss Zoological Society.
Dr. Simon Loader – PhD supervisor. Department of Environmental Sciences, Biogeography, University of Basel, Klingelbergstr. 27, Switzerland, CH-4056 Basel (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dr. Robert Jehle – MSc supervisor, Editor – Herpetological Journal. School of Environment and Life Sciences, Centre for Environmental Systems Research, University of Salford, Peel Building, Salford Crescent, Salford, Greater Manchester, UK, M5 4WT (email@example.com)
Dr. David Gower – Life Sciences department, LS Vertebrates Division, Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London, UK, SW7 5BD (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Additional academic and professional referees can be obtained on request.