UCLA’s Bird Genoscape Project to aid conservation efforts for North American birds threatened by climate change

September 16, 2015
UCLA professor Thomas Smith holds two of the 180,000 feathers in the UCLA feather bank. These feathers will assist the Bird Genoscape Project in identifying the population-specific migration paths of many different species.
UCLA professor Thomas Smith holds two of the 180,000 feathers in the UCLA feather bank. These feathers will assist the Bird Genoscape Project in identifying the population-specific migration paths of many different species.
John Vande Wege / UCLA

Thomas Smith (department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology) will help lead the Bird Genoscape Project, an initiative to create the first maps identifying the population-specific migration paths of several bird species and their sub-groups to determine where conservation is needed most to combat the effects of climate change. These findings will be directly relevant to the plans for the Sustainable LA Grand Challenge.

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