Ruhsam, M., Clark, A., Finger, A., Wulff, A.S., Mill, R.R., Thomas, P.I., Gardner, M.F., Gaudeul, M., Ennos, R.A., Hollingsworth, P.M. (2016) Hidden in plain view: cryptic diversity in the emblematic Araucaria of New Caledonia. American Journal of Botany 103(5): 888-98. doi: 10.3732/ajb.1500487.


Tito de Morais, C., Ghazoul, J., Bagchi, R., Maycock, C.R., Khoo, E., Burslem, D.F.R.P., Akira, I., Nanami, S., Finger, A., Ismail, S., Kettle, C.J. (2015) Understanding local patterns of genetic diversity in dipterocarps using a multi-site, multi-species approach: Implications for forest management and restoration. Forest Ecology and Management. doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2015.07.023


Finger, A., Kaiser-Bunbury, C.N.*, Kettle, C.J.*, Valentin, T. & Ghazoul, J. (2014) Genetic connectivity of the moth pollinated tree Glionnetia sericea in a highly fragmented habitat. PloS ONE 9(10): e111111. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0111111 * Both authors contributed equally

Habel, J., Husemann, M., Finger, A., Danley, P. D., Zachos, F. (2014) The relevance of time series in molecular ecology and conservation biology. Biological Reviews 89: 484-492. doi: 10.1111/brv.12068

Finger, A., Radespiel, U., Habel, J., Kettle C. (2014) Forest fragmentation genetics. In: C.J. Kettle and L.P. Koh (Eds) Global Forest Fragmentation (pp. 51-68). Wallingford, U.K.: CABI.

Habel, J., Finger, A., Meyer, M., Schmitt, T. (2014) Isolated but unique: The conservation value of extant populations of Lycaena helle at the species’ western distribution edge. In: J.C. Habel and M. Meyer (Eds) Jewels in the mist - A synopsis on the endangered Violet Copper butterfly Lycaena helle (pp. 127-136). Bulgaria: PENSOFT.

Finger, A. & Kettle, C. (2014) How genetics can contribute to conservation. In: J.C. Habel and M. Meyer (Eds) Jewels in the mist - A synopsis on the endangered Violet Copper butterfly Lycaena helle (pp. 125-126). Bulgaria: PENSOFT.

Finger, A. as member of the PCA (2011) The Year of Forests - Seychelles plant species: Manglye Gran Bwa. Newspaper article, TODAY, Seychelles.

Finger, A. as member of the PCA (2011) The Year of Forests - Seychelles plant species: Bwa Meduse. Newspaper article, TODAY, Seychelles.


Kettle, C.J. & Finger, A. (2012) Fragmentation Genetics in the Tropics. Conservation Genetics Resources. doi: 10.1007/s12868-012-9771-x.

Finger, A., Kettle, C.J., Kaiser-Bunbury, C.N., Valentin, T., Mougal, J. & Ghazoul, J. (2012) Forest fragmentation genetics in a formerly widespread island endemic tree: Vateriopsis seychellarum (Dipterocarpaceae). Molecular Ecology 21: 2369-2382. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2012.05543.x.

Finger, A., Kettle, C., Kaiser-Bunbury, C., Valentin, T., Doudee, D., Matatiken, D., Ghazoul, J. (2012) The importance of genetic information for three Seychelles endemic tree species. Kapisen November edition 2012.


Finger, A., Kaiser-Bunbury, C.N., Kettle, C.J. (2011) Development of polymorphic microsatellite markers of the Seychelles endemic tree Glionnetia sericea (Rubiaceae). Conservation Genetics Recourses. doi: 10.1007/s12686-011-9515-3.

Finger, A., Kettle, C.J., Kaiser-Bunbury, C.N., Valentin, T., Doudee, D., Matatiken, D. & Ghazoul, J. (2011) Back from the brink: potential for genetic rescue in a critically endangered tree. Molecular Ecology 20: 3773–3784. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2011.05228.x.


Habel, J. C., Schmitt, T., Meyer, M., Finger, A., Rödder, D., Assmann, T. & Zachos, F. E. (2010) Biogeography meets conservation: the genetic structure of the endangered lycaenid butterfly Lycaena helle (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 101: 155–168.

Habel, J.C., Finger, A., Schmitt, Th. & Nève, G. (2010) Survival of the endangered butterfly Lycaena helle in a fragmented environment: Genetic analyses over 15 years. Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research 49 (1): 25-31. doi: 10.1111/j.1439-0469.2010.00575.x.

Finger A., Ismail S., Ghazoul J. & Kettle C.J. (2010) Development of polymorphic microsatellite markers of the endangered and endemic Vateriopsis seychellarum (Dipterocarpaceae), a relict canopy tree of the Seychelles. Conservation Genetic Resources 2, Supplement 1: 309-311 Doi: 10.1007/s12686-010-9213-6.

Finger, A., Ghazoul, J., Todd, M., Kaiser-Bunbury C. & Kettle, C.J. (2010) Development of thirteen polymorphic microsatellite markers for the Seychelles endangered and endemic jellyfish tree Medusagyne oppositifolia (Medusagynaceae). Conservation genetic resources 2: 173–175. doi 10.1007/s12686-009-9120-x.

Finger, A. & Klank, C. (2010) Molecular methods – Blessing or curse? In: J.C. Habel & T. Assmann (Eds) Relict Species - Phylogeography and Conservation Biology (pp. 309-320). Heidelberg, Germany: Springer.


Finger, A., Schmitt, T., Meyer, M., Assmann, T., Zachos, F.E. & J.C. Habel (2009) The genetic status of the Violet Copper Lycaena helle, a relict of the cold past in times of global warming. Ecography 32: 382-390.

Habel, J.C., Zachos, F., Finger, A., Meyer, M., Louy, D., Assmann, T. & T. Schmitt (2009) Unprecedented long-term genetic monomorphism in an endangered relict butterfly species. Conservation Genetics 10: 1659-1665.


Habel, J., Finger, A., Meyer M. & Assmann, T. (2008) Polymorphic microsatellite loci in the endangered butterfly Lycaena helle (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae). European Journal of Entomology 105(2): 361-362.

Schmitt, T., Augenstein, B. & Finger, A. (2008) The influence of changes in viticulture management on the butterfly (Lepidoptera) diversity in a wine growing region of southwestern Germany. European Journal of Entomology 105: 249-255.


Wipking, W., Finger, A. & Meyer, M. (2007) Habitatbindung und Bestandssituation des Blauschillernden Feuerfalters Lycaena helle (Denis & Schiffermüller) in Luxemburg (Lepidoptera, Lycaenidae). Bull. Soc. Nat. Luxemb. 108: 81-87.

Research Group

PhD students

Nadia Russel (2014 -)
Genetic rescue of Britain's rarest fern Woodsia ilvensis

Self funded

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Increasing genetic diversity in wild populations using ex-situ collections and conservation genetics work on rare Scottish plants.



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