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50th Anniversary Webinar

About the Speakers

"When Can Evolution Save Species From Global Change?"

Dr. Malin Pinsky, Associate Professor at the University of California Santa Cruz, is a biologist with expertise in the adaptation of ocean life to climate change, including ocean conservation. His more than 100 publications have appeared in Science, Nature, and other journals, and his research has been covered by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and BBC, among others. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, an Earth Leadership Fellow, and an Early Career Fellow of the Ecological Society of America. He was named one of Science News’ ten scientists to watch in 2019. Pinsky serves on advisory boards for the Beijer Institute of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the non-profit Oceana, and the Chewonki Foundation. He has a Ph.D. in Biology from Stanford University and an A.B. in Biology and Environmental Studies from Williams College. He grew up exploring tidepools and mountains in Maine.

"Sequencing Philippine Fish Genome Preserved in Ethanol for 110 Years"

Dr. Christoper Bird, Associate Professor at the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, graduated magna cum laude from the University of Connecticut in 1997 with a BS in Biology. He earned his PhD in Botany with a specialization in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology from the University of Hawaii in 2006 (advisor Celia M. Smith). From 2007-2012, he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology (advisors: Rob Toonen & Brian Bowen). His research program utilizes molecular techniques to test hypotheses about marine ecology, evolution, conservation, and fisheries management. He is keenly interested in the interaction of selection and neutral population processes on the dispersal, gene flow, and the origination of marine biodiversity.

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