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February 2023

SBE Seminar Series Spring 2023: Kevin Feldheim

February 10 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions, 5710 Norman Smith Hall
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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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…

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