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HMSC Research Seminar-Discovering the secrets of sea turtles with molecular tools to inform conservation

Speaker: Lisa M. Komoroske, Dept. of Environmental Conservation, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Topic: Discovering the secrets of sea turtles with molecular tools to inform conservation

The ecology, population dynamics, and evolutionary history of sensitive marine species is often poorly understood due to challenges in observing them in situ and limitations on using classic experimental approaches. This is especially true for long-lived, migratory species such as sea turtles with complex life histories that encounter a myriad of anthropogenic threats across large spatial and temporal spans. However, the rapid expansion of molecular technologies to non-model species applications has opened the door to addressing some of the most challenging mysteries in sea turtle biology, many of which have strong ties to the effective conservation of these threatened species. I will share some of our recent research developing and applying molecular tools in sea turtles, including determining relationships between population decline and genomic diversity, potential biomarkers for disease susceptibility, and understanding mating system dynamics to evaluate climate change resilience. More about research in our lab can be found at: and twitter handle @LKomoroske 



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call +1-971-247-1195 US Meeting ID: 945 5573 1151

Thursday, July 22 at 3:30pm to 4:30pm

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Lecture or Presentation

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Research, Sustainability


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