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INHS Seminar - Biodiversity Research from Africa to North America

Event Type
Seminar/Symposium
Sponsor
Illinois Natural History Survey Seminar Committee
Location
Virtual (Zoom)
Virtual
Date
Feb 2, 2021   4:00 pm  
Speaker
Dr. Daniel F. Hughes, Department of Biology, Coe College
Contact
Andy Kuhns
E-Mail
arkuhns@illinois.edu
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In the current era of extinctions, scientists recognize the need to work rapidly, but this can produce spatial biases in biodiversity research such that key topics get overlooked. I will detail case studies of biodiversity research in understudied systems across two continents: chameleon evolution in a Central African biodiversity hotspot and treefrog biology in the agriculture fields of Coastal California. I will discuss how results from integrative taxonomy, field-based neuroanatomy, and amphibian-inspired fences may help curb the loss of species and their associated traits. These studies provide a third to first world perspective on the range of threats facing biodiversity and on the continuum of conservation goals.

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