Species at being lost at an alarming rate around the world. Luckily, there are large-scale efforts underway to document and utilize population genetic diversity for species conservation. In this episode, we are joined by Dr Klaus-Peter Koepfli, a research scientist from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s Center for Species Survival and visiting speaker within the Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health & Comparative Medicine. Dr Koepfli tells us about the field of ‘conservation genomics’, and how documenting the genetic diversity of animals in zoos and game ranches can help protect some of the world’s most endangered species.
Feature image: Original artwork courtesy of PhD researcher Eleni Christoforou, 2019©