ACE PhD student, Liaan Minnie, is currently working at the Mammal Research Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Białowieża, Poland. This is part of a collaborative project between ACE and the MRI, and is motivated by the leading role that the MRI plays in canid genetic research.  Liaan is analysing the genetics of jackal on reserves and neighbouring farms in the Eastern Cape, and this forms part of his PhD studies. This is also an opportunity for ACE students to learn more about different ecosystems and ecological drivers, as shown here by Liaan enjoying the snow in the Białowieża Forest.