NLN Event - Barcoding the kelp forests of California’s Galapagos How DNA-based technologies are used to explore important aspects of fish ecology
Barcoding the kelp forests of California’s Galapagos How DNA-based technologies are used to explore important aspects of fish ecology
Hosted by Coastal Marine Biolabs Integrative Biosciences Program
Location Channel Islands National Park Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center, 1901 Spinnaker Drive
Description In collaboration with the Channel Islands National Park, Coastal Marine Biolabs (CMB) is currently leading a student-centered biodiversity genomics project that seeks to assemble a digital genetic registry of local marine bioindicators – fish and invertebrate species that are monitored by Park biologists to assess the health of marine ecosystems. When coupled with the development and deployment of new technologies, a registry of this kind may ultimately complement ongoing efforts to monitor natural and made-made impacts on the astonishingly diverse marine ecosystems that surround California’s Northern Channel Islands. High school students who recently completed a research-based science program hosted by CMB will discuss their underwater explorations of the giant kelp forests and their contributions to building a DNA-based inventory of its inhabitants. Their presentation will be preceded by guest lectures from leading scientists in the field of marine ecology. Dr. Milton Love from the University of California, Santa Barbara will begin the evening’s program by guiding our guests along a lively and engaging exploration of Pacific Coast fish biology and ecology. Dr. John Hyde from NOAA’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center will then discuss how genetic tools, including DNA barcoding, can be used to better understand various aspects of fish ecology and fish stock populations. 5:00 – 5:45 p.m. Informal buffet dinner (in courtyard adjacent to auditorium) 5:50 – 6:00 p.m. Introductory remarks, Ralph Imondi, Ph.D. (CMB) 6:00 – 6:45 p.m. Guest lecture, Milton Love, Ph.D. (UCSB) 7:00 – 7:45 p.m. Guest lecture, John Hyde, Ph.D. (NOAA/SWFSC) 8:00 – 8:50 p.m. CMB student presentation 9:00 p.m. Concluding remarks, Linda Santschi, Ph.D. (CMB) This public event is jointly sponsored by Channel Islands National Park and Coastal Marine Biolabs with support from the Ventura Port District. The student-centered kelp forest DNA barcoding campaign is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation to CMB.
Invited to Attend Teachers, STEM Professionals, Volunteers, Students
Start Time 05:00 AM, August 07, 2011
End Time 09:00 AM, August 07, 2011