Register for today's Conservation Science Webinar Series presentation, Non-invasive Conservation Genetics of Snow Leopards: a Review of Current Work and Defining Future Needs. Imogene Cancellare, PhD candidate in the Rare and Elusive Species Lab at the University of Delaware, will discuss how advances in non-invasive fecal DNA analysis have improved our understanding of snow leopards, and how conservation genetics research will focus on evolutionary history and genetic variability in the future.
This webinar will take place on May 13, 2020 at 2:00 PM Eastern Time/7:00 PM GMT Summer Time.
Non-invasive Conservation Genetics of Snow Leopards: a Review of Current Work and Defining Future Needs
Date and time: Wednesday, May 13, 2020 2:00 pm
Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
Program: Conservation Science Webinar Series
Panelist Info: Imogene Cancellare
Duration: 1 hour
A clear understanding of the patterns and processes that shape snow leopard genetic diversity and population structure is critical for informing conservation decisions that will ensure the persistence of this species. However, despite being a keystone species for the fragile mountain ecosystems of High Asia, a comprehensive analysis of snow leopard genetic variation is lacking. Fortunately, advances in non-invasive fecal DNA analysis can help close these knowledge gaps. Here, I present the limited snow leopard genetic studies and highlight the research needed to provide defensible conservation units upon which local and collaborative conservation efforts can refocus. New efforts in conservation genetics research on snow leopards should focus on evolutionary history, contemporary patterns of genetic variability, and the interaction between landscape features and gene flow.
Presented by Imogene Cancellar
Imogene Cancellare is a PhD candidate in the Rare and Elusive Species Lab at the University of Delaware studying range-wide phylogeography and genetic connectivity of snow leopards. She has spent the last ten years as a carnivore ecologist and primarily uses molecular ecology techniques to address conservation questions. Her current research is supported by the NGO Panthera and involves extensive collaboration with researchers throughout Central Asia. She is a team member of the Panthera Conservation Genetics Program and has taught workshops on optimizing fecal DNA for molecular ecology research.
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