DNA Analysis for Species Identification of Bats and Other Mammals, Uses and Limitations


Lisa has 30 years’ experience as an ecologist and during her long career has worked for the Nature Conservancy Council, Nottinghamshire County Council, Northumberland Wildlife Trust and the North and East Yorkshire Ecological Data Centre. Now a consultant, she has run Swift Ecology Ltd since its inception in 2007. She is a founder member and Fellow of CIEEM, and currently Vice-president for England. Lisa’s main interest is bats and other mammals.

Lisa runs Swift Ecology’s commercial DNA analysis service in conjunction with Ecotype Genetics Ltd. The DNA analysis service has been running since 2009, one of the first in the country.


DNA analysis is now widely used as a means of confirming species ID, especially in the case of cryptic species such as Myotis bats, or where field signs are hard to tell apart (e.g. red and grey squirrels). This session is aimed at ecologists and you will not need any technical knowledge of genetics! The analysis techniques used and their uses and limitations, advantages and disadvantages, will be described, using case studies and examples. Tips on how to collect, store and package samples to reduce the risk of failed analysis will be provided, and a few issues will be raised that you may not have previously considered.

Knowledge Level

Suitable for all


Tickets Person(s) Price
Group Bookings (Members only) 1 £25.00
Member Ticket 1 £10.00
Non Member Ticket 1 £20.00