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Goblet Conducting Genomic Analysis Of Managed Eastern Black Rhinoceros Populations In AZA Institutions

Camille Goblet, PhD candidate, Environmental Science and Policy,is conducting genomic analysis of managed Eastern Black Rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) populations in institutions of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Goblet is co-advised by Cody Edwards, Associate Provost for a Sustainable Earth, Executive Director, Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation, and Elizabeth W. Freeman, Associate Professor, School of Integrative Studies.    

This project will aid in management and conservation of the critically endangered black rhinoceros by performing genetic analyses of individuals within the North American population. While establishing their pedigree, these data also will strengthen scientists' understanding of the species' capacity to respond to different environments and other external factors, which will strengthen zoo management by facilitating appropriate strategies that will help save the black rhinoceros from extinction. 

Goblet received $1,250 from the Virginia Academy of Science for this project. Funding began in July 2021 and will end in July 2022.