As part of Carleton University’s Science Café series, Prof. Catherine Cullingham of the Department of Biology will present Twenty-Three and Me for Wildlife: Using Genetics to Manage Species.

Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, at 6:30 p.m.
Sunnyside Branch of the Ottawa Public Library, 1049 Bank Street, Ottawa
Info: This event is free and open to the public.

Media are invited to attend the event.

Human genetic testing kits are quite popular, with over 18 million sold worldwide. The data from these kits can provide insight into a person’s genetic heritage, disease risks, allergies and even traits inherited from Neanderthals.

Beyond personal kits, genetic testing and analysis can also be used to examine wildlife populations to address management and conservation issues.

In this talk, Cullingham will use her research to highlight how genetic information can help address difficult problems in nature. She will show how this data can help fill knowledge gaps and be used by wildlife managers to make informed decisions by exploring examples from forestry’s mountain pine beetle system and terrestrial mammals with chronic wasting disease.

About Science Café

The Science Café series is organized by the Faculty of Science at Carleton to discuss relevant issues facing our society and how science can help solve real-world problems. Meet some of Carleton’s award-winning faculty members and graduate students as they share their excitement about science with the community. For more information, visit:

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