Ellie Richardson

Master's Student

eloise.richardson@kaust.edu.sa

Research Interest

Ellie achieved a BSc (with honours) in Applied Animal Science in Edinburgh, Scotland. She began her scientific career studying the short term impacts of the Eurasian beaver, as part of her thesis. This research was part of a larger case study that aimed to assess the impacts of their reintroduction in the UK. Following her graduation, Ellie was involved in several wildlife rehabilitation projects in Central and South America.

Since then, she has crossed over to the marine world, and is passionate about elasmobranch movement patterns, genetics, and development of legislative policies. Ellie’s enthusiasm led to her securing a role in the Bahamas, where she spent the last four years managing a research station called the Bimini Shark Lab. Here, she was involved in leading a range of field work, from longlines to behavioural trials, and loved the communal aspects of living in a remote location. She is also interested in citizen science and public outreach. This was showcased when she taught a Summer Semester at the Island School in Eleuthera, specialising in the history of the Bahamas.

Now, she is looking forward to being fully immersed in the larger community of KAUST, while developing her knowledge of lab-based work and statistical analysis. Ellie joined the campus in Fall 2021 as an MSc student working with Michael Berumen. She is keen to develop her thesis with blue-spotted ribbontailed rays. This project primarily aims to determine the population structure, including sex biased dispersal, using a combination of microsatellite and mitochondrial analysis. Through her research, Ellie hopes to assist in long term conservation efforts for this species.