Advancing Conservation Genomics

Project Summary

This project aims to convene a two-day workshop, in Sacramento, that brings UCLA faculty together with both regulatory and resource managers. Participants plan to discuss research options, develop specific programs, and seek funding commitments to launch this project. The workshop will be organized and led by Brad Shaffer (Director, UCLA La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science) and Mark Gold (Associate Vice Chancellor, Environment & Sustainability). Through this effort, stakeholders, which include the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and UCLA biologists, plan to discuss the needs and research opportunities where conservation genomics can inform better management of biological resources. Overall, the workshop aims to explore greatest areas of need, and to identify specific funding streams.

Research Team

Brad Shaffer
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Life Sciences

Progress and Results

On February 1 and February 2, 2016, UCLA and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife co-hosted a workshop in Sacramento as part of the California Conservation Genomics Initiative. The two-day conference brought together conservation genomicists, resource managers, and policy makers to discuss the role of genomics in conservation of all species across the state. UCLA faculty presented at workshop, including Brad Shaffer, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, who also helped lead the workshop. Over the course of the event, scientists across many disciplines had the opportunity to share data and integrate conservation genomics with the latest remote sensing and climate data. An immediate goal of the initiative is to identify 100 species that would most benefit from extensive genomic analysis and organize the teams and funding to execute the plan for improved genomic conservation management.