Galileo's Science Cafe: How genomics helps us to save endangered species
Nov 17, 2022, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Verizon Auditorium, SciTech Campus & Virtual
Koepfli will discuss how genomics helps us to save endangered species.
Dr. Koepfli is a Senior Research Scientist in the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation at George Mason University specializing in genomics and its application to the conservation of biodiversity. He and his students and collaborators generate and analyze whole genome sequencing data to assess genetic diversity relative to demographic history, dissect the underlying causes of inbreeding depression, and inform conservation management strategies of species at risk for extinction. His research also focuses on comparing the genomes of different species in order to understand the processes that create and maintain biological diversity. Dr. Koepfli also serves on the council of the Vertebrate Genomes Project Consortium, which aims to generate and assemble high quality chromosome-level genomes for more than 70,000 vertebrate species to address fundamental questions in biology, evolution and biodiversity conservation.