WHAT: Applying Genetics and Genomics to Assist Threatened Species, in Zoos and in the Wild
WHO: Presented by Robert C. Fleischer, Senior Scientist and Head, Center for Conservation and Evolutionary Genetics, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, National Zoological Park
ABOUT THE TOPIC: An ever increasing number of species are at risk of extinction via direct and indirect impacts of human activities. Efforts to counter these impacts and recover these species are underway, requiring a multiplicity of approaches and tools. One set of approaches is genetic methods and theory and recent advances in genomics and DNA sequencing show great potential to assist in understanding and mitigating threats to endangered species. Fleischer will present an overview of these genetic approaches and provide illustrative examples drawn from the research program at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute.
WHEN: Tuesday, March 5, 2013, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Café Scientifique events are held on the first Tuesday of each month unless otherwise noted.
WHERE: The atrium of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Building and The Front Page restaurant, near Ballston Metro. Located at 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22203 on the ground floor of the National Science Foundation (NSF) building. Parking is available under the NSF building or at Ballston Common Mall.
HOW: Register online now
Café Scientifique is free and open to the public. Please come early to order table service and socialize. Special half-price burgers start at 5:30 p.m. Presentation begins at 6:15 p.m. followed by Q&A. No science background required – only an interest! Registration requested.
Notes & Warnings: This series is popular. It may be challenging to find others in meetup but if you get there by 5:45 you should be able to find us. If you arrive after 6:15, you can scan the chairs but seating may be scarce. Speakers in this series vary in their quality as does restaurant service. It is perhaps best not to arrive too hungry. However, that said, the speakers are sometimes quite good and the food can be a good deal.