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ANITA HASHMI

PhD Researcher

 
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ABOUT ME

I'm a PhD researcher at Manchester Metropolitan University, using applied genetics to assess the impact of an integrated conservation approach in black and white rhinos, Grévy's zebra, giraffe and mountain bongo.

 
 

EDUCATION

January 2020 - present

PHD

Thesis title: Linking in and ex situ conservation: the integrated conservation approach and the genetics of endangered African herbivores
Supervisors: Professor Richard Preziosi, Dr Bradley Cain, Dr Martin Jones

September 2017 - September 2018

MSC ZOO CONSERVATION BIOLOGY, MANCHESTER METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY

Dissertation title: The variable effect of visitor number and noise levels on behaviour in three zoo-housed primate species.

September 2013 - June 2017

BSC BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES WITH STUDY IN CONTINENTAL EUROPE, UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

Dissertation title: Can captive animal enclosure design encourage naturalistic behaviour?
Erasmus year spent at Freie Universität Berlin

 

PREVIOUS RESEARCH

PLACEMENT RESEARCH PROJECTS, BLACKPOOL ZOO

  • Tested a low-cost enrichment device built from materials commonly found around zoos for the snakes used in educational sessions at Blackpool Zoo

  • Assisted with data collection on a project run by the Research Department, investigating visitor engagement with animals and interpretation of educational materials across taxa

February - August 2018

MASTER'S RESEARCH PROJECT

September 2017 - September 2018

  • The project focussed on the effect of visitor number and noise on stereotypic, locomotive, feeding and social behaviours of groups of Western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla), Bornean orangutan (Bongo pygmaeus) and pileated gibbon (Hylobates pileatus)

  • Publication available here

ZEBRA FINCH RESEARCH PROJECT

September 2015-March 2016

  • Project supervised by Prof. Constance Scharff at Freie Universität Berlin

  • The project examined female responses to male song and dance in captive zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata) using video recording of dyadic encounters

 

EXPERIENCE

May 2021 - Present

PHD MENTOR

Through the RISE programme at Manchester Met, undergraduate students were able to apply for research internships. My role is be to guide the successful students through different research challenges, and to give general advice on the research process from the perspective of an early career researcher. This role is to support the students and encourage them to work independently on their project, alongside administrative duties and liaising with the RISE team.

April 2021 - Present

GLOBAL CULTURE JAM CURRICULUM CO-CREATOR, MANCHESTER METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY

The Global Culture Jam (GCJ) is a five day programme running in June 2021. This is the first year of the GCJ, an event that aims to explore how connection and collaboration across cultures can benefit us all. As a part of this role I am responsible for the creation of a curriculum for a strand of the event based on Sustainability, alongside a team of students and staff from across the university. The GCJ is an opportunity for students to experience different ways of learning, and for co-creators to gain experience in delivering teaching for a diverse group of student attendees. Through this position I hope to successfully apply for Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

September 2020 - Present

SUBJECT SPECIALIST (BIOLOGY), STUDIOSITY

In my role as a Subject Specialist with Studiosity, I work as a contracted online tutor to provide specialist help to secondary school and university students, using the ethos of 'Help, Not Answers' and helping students to develop the skills to conduct their own research.

August 2020 - March 2021

COMMITTEE CHAIR, MANCHESTER MET PGR CONFERENCE

As the committee Chair for the 2021 Manchester Met PGR Conference, I am responsible for overseeing all aspects of the conference, including reviewing submitted abstracts and managing the conference budget, and leading a team of colleagues to coordinate planning the event.

October 2020 - February 2021

RISE COURSE DEVELOPER, MANCHESTER METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY

I was part of a team of four current PhD students at Manchester Met responsible for creating a course for the RISE website. This course, 'So You're Thinking Of A PhD?', is open access, and was commissioned by the university. As a team, we had creative control of the module within the outlines of the brief, and aimed to make the course as accessible as possible, with an overall objective of widening access to and participation in PhD programmes.

 
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