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The Power of Non-invasive Approaches to Conservation Science
February 23, 2018 14:00
Speaker: Samuel Wasser (Center for Conservation Biology, University of Washington, Seattle, USA)
The Institute Seminar Series

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Location:
MPI-EVA, Deutscher Platz 6, Lecture Hall, 2nd Floor

Abstract:
- 14:00 Samuel Wasser: The Power of Non-invasive Approaches to Conservation Science

Conservation science has many challenges. Human pressures are widespread, come in multiple forms, yet individual pressures rarely occur in isolation. The same can be said of natural pressures. How do we partition these pressures and determine those most critical to mitigate? How do we compensate for the time lag between a disturbance and its demographic outcome when other events occur in-between? How do we monitor the impacts of mitigation efforts on a time scale that allows course corrections before it’s too late? Addressing these questions often requires measures collected over large spatial but short temporal scales, which in itself is a challenge.

My lab has pioneered highly accessible noninvasive tools to address such challenges. We developed methods to extract DNA, hormones and toxins from feces, located by detection dogs with high frequency and very low collection bias. DNA from these samples can determine species and individual identities, sex, what the animal ate, and composition of the host’s microbiome. These measures can, in turn, provide reliable capture-mark-recapture data free of capture heterogeneity, geospatial genetic maps to distinguish populations, resources selection and dietary overlap data associated with interspecific competition. Endocrine measures of stress, reproductive and nutritional health, as well as microbiome from these same samples can help tie disturbance events to their eventual demographic outcomes. Impacts of toxin exposure can simultaneously be measured and examined in relation to other co-occurring pressures.

I will attempt to illustrate the value of this approach through case studies conducted by my lab on a diverse array of species. I will then open the floor to discuss applications to your own work.

- 15:30 Discussion and soft drinks just outside the lecture hall


Some information on the speaker and a list of his publications can be found at http://conservationbiology.uw.edu/about-us/director/


The series featuring internal and external speakers takes place roughly every 1-2 months on Friday early afternoons. The committee organizing the seminar series consists of: Bret Beheim, Catherine Crockford, Stephanie Melillo, Mark Stoneking, Sandra Jacob and Jörg Noack. Please contact any of them with comments or suggestions.

Contact:
Sandra Jacob, -122 or -156

E-mail: jacob[>>> Please replace the brackets with an AT sign! <<<]eva.mpg.de

Title to be announced
March 23, 2018 14:00
Speaker: Nathaniel J. Dominy (Department of Biological Sciences, Dartmouth College, Hanover, USA)
The Institute Seminar Series

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Location:
MPI-EVA, Deutscher Platz 6, Lecture Hall (2nd floor)

Abstract:
- 14:00 Nathaniel J. Dominy: Title to be announced

- 15:30 Discussion and soft drinks just outside the lecture hall


Some information on the speaker and a list of his publications can be found at http://biology.dartmouth.edu/people/nathaniel-j-dominy


The series featuring internal and external speakers takes place roughly every 1-2 months on Friday early afternoons. The committee organizing the seminar series consists of: Bret Beheim, Catherine Crockford, Stephanie Melillo, Mark Stoneking, Sandra Jacob and Jörg Noack. Please contact any of them with comments or suggestions.

Contact:
Sandra Jacob, -122 or -156

E-mail: jacob[>>> Please replace the brackets with an AT sign! <<<]eva.mpg.de

The neuronal and molecular basis of learning and memory in Drosophila larvae
September 27, 2018 13:00
Speaker: Andreas Thum (Department of Genetics, Institute of Biology, Leipzig University)
Talk at the Department of Evolutionary Genetics

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Location:
Seminar Area Genetics

Contact:
Anett Pechstein, +49 341 3550-504

E-mail: pechstein[>>> Please replace the brackets with an AT sign! <<<]eva.mpg.de
Website: http://www.eva.mpg.de