We were lucky to have the first talk in our seminar series, “Sydney Society for Conservation Biology Conversations”, delivered by Emeritus Professor Richard (“Dick”) Frankham. Dick talked about the relationship between “Genetics and Extinction”. With plenty of examples, he illustrated how inbreeding and loss of genetic diversity are not only unavoidable in small populations, but also increase the risk of extinction. His presentation also demonstrated how most species are not driven to extinction before genetic factors can impact, and that wildlife management should thus take genetic factors into account. After the talk Dick answered many general questions about the role of genetics in conservation, but also offered specific advise on how to achieve successful genetic rescue. It was nice to see so many new faces, a captivating speaker and an interested audience–a great start to our seminar series!
Keep your eye on our website, we will soon offer an edited video of Dick Frankham’s seminar on this site.
Also, thanks to Dominic Ruefenacht for the nice photos here!