This week we welcome our own Evelyn Jensen.
From Darwin to DNA: evolution, genomics and conservation of the Galapagos giant tortoises
When Charles Darwin arrived on the Galapagos Islands the remarkable morphology of the native breeds of giant tortoise unique to each island struck him as significant. Later on, these thoughts contributed to his ideas about the theory of evolution through natural selection. By the 20th century, some of these species were reduced to the brink of extinction, but today, are a symbol of hope and #ConservationOptimism. In this talk, I will discuss the history of decline and recovery in the Galapagos tortoises, and how conservation programmes informed by phylogenetic and population genetic techniques have contributed to dramatic recoveries of some populations.