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SBE Seminar Series Spring 2023: Kevin Feldheim

February 10 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Seminar background for Kevin Feldheim with a photo of Kevin and a photo of a sawfish

Dr. Kevin Feldheim, The Field Museum of Chicago:

“Shark pop-gen and mating systems”

Parthenogenesis, or virgin birth, is a recently described phenomenon in the elasmobranchs (sharks, skates, and rays). This process typically leads to offspring that are homozygous at the vast majority of loci. Here, I will discuss how our group discovered parthenogenesis in an endangered sawfish. Additionally, I will talk about how parthenogenesis is a barrier to reintroducing one species back into the wild.

Dr. Kevin Feldheim is the A. Watson III Manager of the Pritzker Laboratory for Molecular Systematics and Evolution at the Field Museum. His research focuses on inferring the mating system and population biology of sharks using genetic markers, although he is broadly interested in many organisms. He received a Bachelor’s and Master’s from University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, and his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago working under Drs. Mary Ashley and Samuel Gruber.

co-hosted by MCGE (Maine Center for Genetics in the Environment) and SBE’s Erin Grey

Details

Date:
February 10
Time:
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Event Category:
Website:
https://sbe.umaine.edu/school/seminar-series/

Organizer

School of Biology and Ecology
Phone:
207.581.2531
Website:
https://sbe.umaine.edu/

Venue

Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions
5710 Norman Smith Hall
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Phone:
207.581.2531
Website:
https://umaine.edu/mitchellcenter/
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