Conservation Genomics in the Fight Against the Earth’s Sixth Extinction Crisis
Speaker: Assistant Professor Frank Rheindt
Availability: Sept – Nov 2020
Habitat loss, climate change and wildlife trade have created an environmental crisis on our planet that sees more and more organisms slide into endangerment and extinction. An end to this crisis is not in sight. This irrecoverable loss in species diversity brings about an impoverishment of our natural communities and pronounced landscape changes that are likely to have impacts on humans’ well-being. People from different backgrounds must unite to undertake everything we can to slow this extinction crisis. One novel tool in the fight against endangerment and extinction is conservation genomics, which is based on the application of evolutionary methods to inform conservation practitioners. This talk explores the different ways in which modern conservation genomics has been – or is being – applied here in Singapore and Southeast Asia to aid in species survival and recovery.