On Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Dr. Aimée Lang

Affiliate Scientist, Southwest Fisheries Science Center will be presenting
Using genomic approaches to delineate units to conserve in blue whales


            Wednesday, December 12, 2018  7:00 PM

Sumner Auditorium

Scripps Institution of Oceanography

  8595 La Jolla Shores Drive, San Diego, CA 92037

***The building is ocean side of the street and down the stairs.  There is a large ARGO sign and bell in front of the building. ***
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Please join the ACS San Diego Chapter for a free remote lecture on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 7pm at Sumner Auditorium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Dr. Aimée Lang

Affiliate Scientist, Southwest Fisheries Science Center will present:

Using genomic approaches to delineate units to conserve in blue whales

Blue whales were greatly depleted by commercial whaling, leading to the species being globally listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. Although threats remain, blue whales in some areas, such as the eastern North Pacific, have shown signs of recovery and may be candidates for downlisting or delisting in the future. To facilitate such a process, a better understanding of the subspecies taxonomy and population structure of blue whales is needed. Here she will report on ongoing work to use next generation sequencing approaches, including sequencing of the complete mitogenome and genotyping of ~300 SNP loci in ~300 samples, to delineate units to conserve among blue whales. I will also discuss how what we are learning from genomic studies fits into what is known from other lines of evidence, including morphology and acoustics, and will highlight what some of the remaining gaps in our understanding are and how we might be able to address them in the future.

Dr. Aimée Lang began studying cetaceans over twenty years ago when she started her master’s research at San Diego State University using photo-identification methods to study the movements of coastal bottlenose dolphins within the Southern California Bight. While completing my master’s degree, she became interested in the use of genetics to understand cetacean behavior and to inform conservation and management. Aimee began volunteering and eventually working with the Marine Mammal Genetics Program at the Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SWFSC) in order to get experience with laboratory techniques. A few years later, she began her PhD research at SIO, which focused on using genetics to better understand population structure in gray whales, with a focus on the small group of whales that feed off the coast of Sakhalin Island, Russia. Since receiving her PhD in 2010, she has continued working as a contractor for SWFSC, where she now lead projects using genetic and genomic approaches to understand population structure and taxonomy in both cetaceans (gray and blue whales and bottlenose dolphins) and pinnipeds (ice seals and harbor seals). 

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