Beth Shapiro

Beth Shapiro is an evolutionary biologist who specializes in the genetics of ice age animals and plants. A pioneer in the young field called “ancient DNA,” Beth travels extensively in the Arctic regions of Alaska, Siberia and Canada collecting bones and other remains of long-dead creatures including mammoths, giant bears, and extinct camels and horses. Using DNA sequences extracted from these remains, she hopes to better understand how the distribution and abundance of species changed in response to major climate changes in the past, and why some species go extinct while others persist.
Date: Monday, January 12, 2015
Time: 8:00 AM-8:45 AM
Room: Town & Country Ballroom
David Grant
8:00 AM
The evolutionary consequences of interspecies hybridization: insights from ancient and modern bear genomes
Beth Shapiro, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California Santa Cruz

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