UCLA and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife host genomics workshop to improve wildlife management efforts

February 4, 2016
Genomics experts from UCLA participated in the two-day workshop on genomics’ role in wildlife conservation management.

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 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.