- Great Ape Genetic Diversity and Species Conservation. Photo by Ian Nichols
- “Marbled Murrelets: Recovering a Rare Bird” With author Maria Mudd Ruth. Photo of Juvenile Marbled Murrelet off Kodiak Island by Rich MacIntosh from USGS
- The Three Great Floods of Washington's Past With David Kaynor. Painting by Bonaventura Peeters (1614-1652)
Adventure & Conservation Speaker Series
A collaboration between Capitol Land Trust and REI.
Great Ape Genetic Diversity and Species Conservation
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 7:00 PM
Homo sapiens belong to a family of species called the great apes, which includes chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans in addition humans. Though much of the attention has focused recently on 'personal genomics,' the ability to cheaply sequence human genomes for medical records and ancestry tracking, far fewer resources have been focused on exploring the genomic diversity of other great apes. However, non-human great apes demonstrate far more genetic diversity than humans. Additionally, every species of great ape, with the exception of humans, is endangered, and some populations very critically. It is thus imperative to study these close relatives of our own species not only to inform conservation techniques, but, before some populations disappear forever. In this talk University of Washington doctoral student Peter Sudmant will discuss our recent effort to sequence the largest number of wild great ape genomes to date, and how this resource can be used in conservation efforts and to better understand human history.
WHAT: Great Ape Genetic Diversity and Species Conservation with Peter Sudmant
or by sending an email to Alison Beglin or calling (360) 943-3012.
Marbled Murrelets: Recovering a Rare Bird
Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 7 PM
Thanks to its mysterious, bizarre, and controversial nesting sites, the marbled murrelet has spent a lot of time in the limelight--more than most seabirds of the Pacific Northwest. After decades of failed efforts by naturalists, birders, and ornithologists to find the murrelet's nest, this robin-sized seabird was dubbed the "enigma of the Pacific" and the location of its nest as the "greatest ornithological mystery in North America." Soon after its nest was discovered in 1974--by accident in an 200-year-old Douglas-fir--the marbled murrelet joined the northern spotted owl in the center of the battle over the much contested mature and old-growth forests of the Pacific Northwest.
WHEN: Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 7 PM