Desire Lee Dalton


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I have a background in human and animal genetics as well as forensics. The past 13 years, I have worked as a senior scientist at the South African National Biodiversity Institute located in Pretoria. My research focus has been conducting multidisciplinary research to determine the genetic integrity of populations and I have contributed to the genetic management of wildlife species and populations in Africa. Further, I have been responsible for rendering wildlife forensic genetic services to the South African Police Service and Botswana forensic laboratories. Here I developed forensics techniques, conducted training and provided forensic statements for criminal investigations. Over the past 13 years, 14 students have completed their Hons/BTech, 13 students have completed their MSc’s and nine students have obtained their PhDs under my supervision. I have supervised six post-doctoral fellows and have published more than 90+ scientific papers in peer reviewed journals. Lastly, my research has been presented at more than 100 national or international conferences.


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