Learning from Extinctions and Saving Species Today:
Applications of Genome Sequencing Technology

Foster Auditorium, Pattee Library
The Pennsylvania State University
Friday, April 3, 2009
10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Organized by Oliver Ryder (San Diego Zoo), Stephan Schuster (PSU), and Webb Miller (PSU).

10:00 Oliver Ryder (San Diego Zoo)
Extinction, conservation, and next generation genome sequencing.
10:30 Bill Murphy (Texas A&M University)
How the Tree of Life informs biodiversity conservation efforts.
11:00 Ray Bernor (National Science Foundation)
The natural history of the equidae: history, evolution, and conservation.
11:30 Rob Fleischer (Smithsonian Institution)
Avian ancient DNA studies.
1:30 Alex Greenwood (Old Dominion University)
Extinctions and introduced pathogens: What might rats and mammoths have in common?
2:00 Bob Wayne (UCLA)
Conservation genomics of canids.
2:30 Vanessa Hayes (Children's Cancer Institute Australia)
Genomic tools and species conservation − the plight of the Tasmanian devil.
3:00 Devin Locke (Washington University)
Applying NextGen sequencing technologies to primate genomics.
3:30 Tom Brooks (Conservation International)
The Anthropocene extinction event: magnitude, phylogeography, geography, causes, consequences, and responses.
4:00 Alexei Tikhonov (Zoological Institute, St. Petersburg) and Bernard Buigues (International Mammoth Committee, Paris)
Permafrost of Siberia and Alaska − the freezer of the genetic material of the Ice Age.

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