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Webinar -18th November 2021. International Workshop

Genomic tools for conservation of species: a practitioner’s guide” Toledo (Spain)

© Ola Jennersten / WWF-Sweden



This workshop will be mainly oriented towards practitioners, managers and technicians involved in large carnivore species conservation. Its aim is to present and exchange information, in the simplest but yet most comprehensive manner, about how genetics and genomics can contribute to effectively tackle practical conservation and management problems.
This event is the product of the collaboration between two EU projects: G-BIKE, whose purpose is to assist scientists and practitioners across the EU to integrate genetic and evolutionary knowledge into conservation planning policies, and LIFE Euro Large Carnivores, with the aim to improve coexistence between human activities and large carnivores in Europe through communication, transboundary cooperation and knowledge exchange.
The underlying rationale for this workshop is to create a bidirectional information flow between scientists and practitioners to explore and clarify where and when genomics can make a difference in the conservation context, from an applied perspective.
The workshop will follow a hybrid face-to-face and on line format during its first section and will be held in English. Translation to Portuguese and Spanish available(*).

November 18th - Programme:

9:30 - Welcome and introduction of G-BIKE and Euro Large Carnivores projects
10:00-13:00 Lectures by experts

  • State-of-the-art of conservation genetics and genomics at a local, national and EU scale. Michael Bruford, Cardiff University
  • Metapopulation genetic structure and Ne in Fennoscandian wolves and a Fennoscandian wolverine case study. Linda Laikre, Stockholm University and Per Sjogren-Gulve, Uppsala University
  • The effective size of populations: what does it mean and how can we estimate it in lage carnivores? Joachim Mergeay, Research Institute for Nature and Forest - Belgium
  • eDNA and conservation. Cristiano Vernesi, Research and Innovation Center - Fundazione Edmund Mach 

13:00-13:45 Questions and answers
13:45-15:30 Lunch
15:30-17:30 Case studies on the main challenges of conservation applied genetics:
Attacks, damage identification and forensics

  • Using DNA metabarcoding for wildlife forensic species identification. Raquel Godinho, CIBIO/InBIO - University of Porto
  • Pathomorphological and genetic identification of predators. Bettina Dobrescu, FVA - The Forest Research Institute Baden-Wuerttemberg, 

Monitoring and population estimation

  • Monitoring anthropogenic hybridization: why, how and when. Paulo Célio, University of Porto
  • Challenges of genetics applied to conservation of large carnivores in Southern Carpathians. Ruben Iosif, Fundatia Conservation Carpathia
  • Genetic monitoring of recolonising wildlife in Germany. Carsten Nowak, Senckenberg Society for Nature 

Genetic threads

  • Anthropogenic threats to the conservation of the Italian wolf (Canis lupus italicus) population. Romolo Canigilia, Institute of Environmental Protection and Research - ISPRA
  • Genetic issues in the decline, conservation and recovery of Iberian lynx. José Antonio Godoy, Estación Biológica de Doñana - CSIC
  • Collapse and extinction of the Sierra Morena wolf population. Carles Vila, Estación Biológica de Doñana - CSIC 

For any questions regarding this event please contact Roberto Aquerreta (raquerreta@wwf.es)