[MARMAM] June 17 NOAA webinar: Differences in the evolutionary potential of two populations of northern bottlenose whales and the impacts of whaling

Tracy Gill - NOAA Federal tracy.gill at noaa.gov
Tue Jun 16 06:45:05 PDT 2020

*OneNOAA Science Seminar Series
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*Title: *

*Differences in the evolutionary potential of two populations of northern
bottlenose whales and the impacts of whaling* *Speakers: *  *Laura J.
Feyrer*, PhD Candidate, Whitehead Lab, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia,
Canada and *Tony Einfeldt*, Post-Doctoral Researcher, Marine Gene Probe
Lab, Dalhousie University, NS, Canada

*When: *Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 12-1pm EDT

*Where: *Webinar - see access below

*Sponsor: *NOAA's National Ocean Service (NOS) science seminar
coordinator Tracy
Gill <Tracy.Gill at noaa.gov>

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Tracy.Gill at noaa.gov

*Abstract: *Distinct populations may respond differently to range‐wide
exploitation, resulting in evolutionary impacts and reduced genetic
diversity that can limit recovery and resilience of remnant populations.
Sequencing the full mitogenomes and 37 novel microsatellites for 127
specimens of northern bottlenose whales(Hyperoodon ampullatus), we
reconstructed the trajectories of two distinct populations that were
heavily exploited by commercial whaling. We found that for a small
population at their range edge, the impacts of whaling were more severe
than for the larger more connected population, and combined with having the
lowest range‐wide genetic variability of any cetacean, we suggest northern
bottlenose whales may face genetic limitations to the recovery of their

*About the Speakers:  *
*Laura Joan Feyrer* is the Chief Scientist for the Northern Bottlenose
project and a PhD candidate, working with Dr. Hal Whitehead at Dalhousie
University. Most of her field work has been conducted from a 40’ sailboat
200 miles offshore of Nova Scotia in the Sable Gully, and around the Grand
Banks of Newfoundland. Her research focuses on the population ecology and
management of endangered northern bottlenose whales in the Northwest

* Dr. Anthony Einfeldt* is a researcher working on conservation genomics
and population genetics in marine systems,particularly in the North
Atlantic. He uses genetic tools to address ecological and evolutionary
questions, such as how humans shape species' distributions,how dispersal
abilities and the environment interact to connect populations,and how sex
chromosomes evolve. These questions involve work on a diverse array of
systems, including mudflat invertebrates, marine and anadromous fishes, and
beaked whales.
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Tracy A. Gill  tracy.gill at noaa.gov   240-533-0349
Physical Scientist
 & NOAA/NOS Science Seminar Coordinator
NOAA | NOS | National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science
Marine Spatial Ecology Division | Biogeography Branch
1305 East West Hwy, SSMC4, N/SCI-1, Rm 9208
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3278

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