Immigrants to the rescue! How can immigration help to save threatened wildlife populations?
Threatened species have invariably small and frequently isolated populations, and are thus characterized by increased inbreeding and depleted genetic variation. Increased inbreeding could lead to a reduction in reproduction and survival (inbreeding depression), which causes an immediate risk of extinction. Depleted genetic variation could compromise the ability of a species to adapt to an ever-changing environment, threatening its long-term survival. How to mitigate these adverse effects of small populations, and maintain a threatened species for short- and long-term survival, is a major task for conservation science.
|When:||Tuesday 14 March, 2017, 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm GMT|