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Alexandra Howard

Alexandra Howard

PhD Student

Museum Room G.15

Biography:

I studied an MSci in Zoology at University College London from 2012 to 2016, where my final disseration focused on the spatial ecology of the Giant Malagasy Hognose Snake, Leioheterodon madagascariensis. My project examined instances of intraspecific territoriality behaviour between male and female individuals.

In 2017 I completed an MRes in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation at Imperial College London. For this course I carried out two projects, one on the correlations between diet and head morphology in Elapid snakes (Serpentes: Elapidae), and the other on the trans-generational effects of phenological mismatch in Blue Tits, Cyanistes caeruleus.

Research Interests

For my PhD I am studying the origin of snakes, with particular focus on the basal group of snakes known as Scolecophidians (includes blindsnakes, threadsnakes etc.). This group consists of snakes that are relatively small, mostly specialised ant-feeders, with a variety of unique head morphologies that are adaptations to a burrowing lifestyle.

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