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Life on Earth
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- Molly Ann Williams (DCU)
- Dr Courtney Collins (UCC)
- Professor Yvonne Buckley (TCD)

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Freshwater is an essential habitat for many animals. Unfortunately, these waters are under threat from human activities, leading to habitat degradation & contributing to the biodiversity crisis. Traditional tracking of species in these environments involves the need to capture them, a process that is expensive & potentially harmful to the organisms & their habitat. Molly Ann Williams's research develops new ways to monitor fish without having to capture them! Molly specifically tracks Atlantic salmon in Irish rivers & lakes. She does this by taking a pint of water & looking at genetic signatures, termed environment DNA.

Sumatran tigers (Panthera tigris sumatrae) are critically endangered in the wild. Courtney Collins will begin her talk called ‘Kitchen Conservation’ by briefly discussing the biology of the tigers and the threats they face in the wild, particularly from the palm oil industry. Dr Collins will explore ways that individual people can help tigers and offer suggestions for promoting tiger conservation. We will discuss common household products that contain palm oil and explore alternatives to these products. This talk is inspired by Dr Collins's research at Fota Wildlife Park.

Professor Yvonne Buckley is the Professor of Zoology at Trinity College Dublin. She is the co-champion of the multidisciplinary "Smart & Sustainable Planet" research theme and an international partner of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions headquartered in Australia. Prof. Buckley has research interests in determining the future of how we live well on the planet, environmental decision making, plant ecology and quantitative ecology.

May 18, 2021 08:30 PM in Dublin

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