15/09/2022 - 14h29

Session | What genomics can teach us about conserving and managing of endangered species

Lecture to be delivered by visiting professor Klaus Peter Koepfli, from Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (USA)

On Sept 21, 2022, at 2 PM, Smithonian Conservation Biology Institute (USA) professor, Dr. Klaus Peter Koepfli, will be coming to PUCRS as a visiting professor under the Institutional Project for Internationalization (PUCRS-PrInt), to deliver the lecture What genomics can teach us about conserving and managing of endangered species. The session will occur in Building 15 (Room 206), and will be open to the public. No early registration is required.

In his talk, Professor Klaus will be presenting whole genome sequencing data that have been applied to gain insights into the demographic history, genetic diversity, inbreeding and deleterious mutation burden of two mammalian species: the black-footed ferret (Mustela nigripes), which is endangered, and the dama gazelle (Nanger dama), which is critically endangered. According to him, important genes in both species vary dramatically, even with their levels of heterozygosity affected.

Klaus will discuss how genomic data improve conservation management, genetic rescue and wild restoration of these species. He will also discuss how similar approaches can be applied to populations of other species.

The session will be delivered in English.


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