Docent lecture: Time travel for animal conservation
- Date: –14:15
- Location: Evolutionsbiologiskt centrum Lindahlsalen, Norbyvägen 18B
- Lecturer: Dr Katerina Guschanski
- Organiser: Dept. of Ecology and Genetics/Animal Ecology
- Contact person: Katerina Guschanski
The lecture is an examination to be admitted as a docent in and should be at the knowledge level of undergraduate students but could also be of interest to a wider audience. The lecture is 45 minutes and is followed by time for questions and discussion. The lecture will be given in English.
The representative of the docent committee: Prof. Monika Schmitz
Chair: Prof. Ingrid Ahnesjö
Summary: Animal populations are declining worldwide as result of human activities. DNA analyses of samples collected from the wild allow us to describe the present state of animal populations, including measures of the genetic diversity, inbreeding, population fragmentation, and genetic uniqueness. These insights are now being incorporated into conservation decision-making. However, providing a snapshot of the current state does not necessarily reflect recent changes in the populations and may not be an accurate representation of their conservation needs. An alternative approach is to use temporal comparisons going back to time periods that predate the most recent and strong human impact. This lecture will demonstrate what we can learn about conservation needs of animal populations by travelling into the past.