EDGE Community

Dr Ross McEwing
Edinburgh, Jakarta
  • Project Manager
  • Researcher
  • Scientific advisor
[General description section]

Wildgenes is an applied conservation genetics / genomics laboratory funded by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland. The lab is configured to work simultaniously on many genetic projects, and collaboratively with many organisations.


TRACE Wildlife Forensics Network is a not for profit NGO with the remit of encouraging the use of, and building capacity in, wildlife forensics.


Royal Zoological Society of Scotland

TRACE Wildlife Forensics Network

Position within organisation

Senior Scientist - Wildgenes, RZSS

Technical Director - TRACE WFN

Relevant species

This two-horned rhino is the smallest and most threatened of the five living rhinoceros species.

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This two-horned African rhinoceros has suffered more persecution than any other species of rhino.

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Asia's largest mammal, this 'keystone' species plays a vital role in maintaining its forest ecosystem.

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This species secretes oils known as "blood-sweat" which keep its skin waterproof.

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The term pangolin comes from the Malayan word peng-goling, meaning a roller.

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Research interests

1. Applications of genetics / genomics to wildlife conservation.

2. Applications of genetics / genomics for wildlife forensics investigations and enforcement.


TRACE Wildlife Forensics Network

Bangor University

Relevant publications

Ogden, R.; Baird, J.; Senn, H.; McEwing, R.,  2011, The use of cross-species genome-wide arrays to discover SNP markers for conservation genetics: a case study from scimitar-horned and Arabian oryx, Conservation Genetics Resources, in press

McEwing, R.; Ouitavon, K; Rovie-Ryan, JJ; Wulansari; Sitam, FT; Ogden R,  2011, Molecular sexing of tigers, Panthera tigris, Conservation Genetics Resources, doi 10.1007/s12686-011-9529x

Husam El Alqamy, H; Senn, H; Roberts, MF; McEwing, R; Ogden R,  2011, Genetic assessment of the Arabian Oryx founder population in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, UAE: an example of evaluating unmanaged captive stocks for reintroduction., Conservation Genetics, doi 10.1007/s10592-011-0264-3

Ogden, R; Mellanby, R.J.; Clements, D; Gow, A.G. ; Powell, R; McEwing, R,  2011, Genetic data from 15 STR loci for forensic individual identification and parentage analyses in UK domestic dogs (Canis silvestris)., Forensic Science International Genetics. In press

Heap, E.A.; McEwing, R; Roberts, M.F.; Tingay, R.E.; Mougeot, F; Terraube, J; Madders, M; Ogden, R,  2011, Cross-species microsatellite amplification in the Pallid harrier (Circus macrourus), and two other harrier species; Montagu’s harrier (Circus pygargus) and Hen harrier (Circus cyaneus).Permanent Genetic Resources added to Database., Molecular Ecology Resources 11: 1124-1126.

McEwing, R; Kitchener, A; Holleley, C; Kilshaw, K; O’Donoghue, P,  2011, An allelic discrimination SNP assay for distinguishing the mitochondrial lineages of European wildcats and domestic cats., Conservation Genetics Resources, in press

Ogden R, Dawnay N, McEwing R (2009) Wildlife DNA forensics - bridging the gap between conservation genetics and law enforcement. Endangered Species Research, 9: 179-195

Ogden R, McGough HN, Cowan RS, Chua L, Groves M, McEwing R (2009) SNP-based method for the genetic identification of ramin Gonystylus spp. timber and products: applied research meeting CITES enforcement needs. Endangered Species Research, 9: 255-261

Ogden R, Dawnay N, McEwing R (2009) Wildlife DNA forensics - bridging the gap between conservation genetics and law enforcement. Endangered Species Research,doi: 10.3354/esr00144

Peppin L, McEwing R, Ogden R, Hermes R, Harper C, Guthrie A, Carvalho GR (in press) Molecular sexing of African rhinoceros. Conservation Genetics, DOI 10.1007/s10592-009-9912-2

Dawnay N, Ogden R, Wetton JH, Thorpe RS and McEwing R (2009) Genetic data from 28 STR loci for forensic individual identification and parentage analyses in six bird of prey species. Forensic Science International: Genetics3: e63-e69

Peppin L, McEwing R, Webster S, Rogers A, Nicholls D, Ogden R (2008) Development of a field test for the detection of illegal bear products. Endangered Species Researchdoi: 10.3354/esr00131

Peppin L, McEwing R, Carvalho GR, Ogden R (2008) A DNA Based Approach for the forensic identification of Asiatic Black Bear (Ursus thibetanus) in a traditional Asian medicine. J Forensic Sci. 53 (6) doi: 10.1111/j.1556-4029.2008.00857.x

Dawnay N, Ogden R, Thorpe RS, Pope LC, Dawson DA and McEwing R (2008) A forensic STR profiling system for the Eurasian badger: a framework for developing profiling systems for wildlife species. Forensic Science International: Genetics2: 47-53.

Dawnay N, McEwing R, Thorpe RS, Ogden R(2007) Preliminary data suggests genetic distinctiveness of gyr and saker falcons.Conservation Genetics doi:10.1007/s10592-007-9392-1

Steele KA, Ogden R, McEwingR, Briggs H, Gorham J (2007) InDel markers distinguish Basmatis from other fragrant rice varieties. Field Crops Research 105:81-87

Ogden R, Langenhorst T, McEwing R, Woodfine T (2007) Genetic markers and sample types for pedigree reconstruction in Grevy's zebra (Equus Grevyi). Zool. Garten N.F. 29-35

Dawnay N, Ogden R, McEwing R, Carvalho G, Thorpe R (2007) Validation of the Barcoding gene COI for use in forensic genetic species identification. Forensic Science International 173: 1-6

Ogden R, Shuttleworth C, McEwing R, Cesarini S (2005). Genetic management of the red squirrel, Sciurus vulgaris: a practical approach to regional conservation. Conservation Genetics 6:511-525

Pook C and McEwing R (2005) Mitochondrial DNA from dried snake venom: a DNA bar-coding approach to the identification of venom samples. Toxicon 46 (7), 711-715

Eastop D and McEwing R (2004) Informing textile and wildlife conservation: DNA analysis of baleen from an 18th-century garment found deliberately concealed in a building. In, Scientific Analysis of Ancient and Historic Textiles. AHRC, University of Southampton.

Berube M, Jorgensen H, McEwing Rand Palsboll PJ (2000). Polymorphic di- nucleotide microsatellite loci isolated from the humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae. Molecular Ecology. 2181-2183.