- Sean HEIGHTON
I am a passionate conservationist and researcher who tries to apply various research techniques to solve global conservation problems. My research has mainly revolved around the use of genetics/genomics of endangered species to identify conservation units, their genetic diversity, and how these have been shaped so that they can be managed for the survival of the species. I have spent a large part of my research career working (PhD and beyond) on developing and testing DNA toolkits for tracing the illegal trade in pangolins (geographic traceability), but also on the genomics of birds in the Mascarenes islands.
Another major research technique I use is the systematic reviewing of information (research, commercialisation, popularisation, expert opinion) on a conservation issue (i.e. pastoralism on human-wildlife conflict) or endangered species (i.e. pangolins) to better inform conservation action or mitigation measures. This, along with my role in the IUCN SSC Pangolin Specialist Group, has led me to be involved in consulting for or working with conservation NGOs and governments in action planning for pangolins, and expert reviews on broader topics.
Now at BOREA, I have been tasked with helping design and implement a systematic and collective review on the effects of offshore wind farms on coastal biodiversity and the social-ecosystems surrounding them. The findings of which will be used to better inform various ministries in France for the use and management of offshore wind farms.