FCAS Presents

Dr. Sheela Turbek
Colorado State University

“The Bird Genoscape Project: Harnessing the power of genomics to advance migratory bird conservation”

Thursday, May 12th, 2022
Announcements 7:00 p.m.; Program at 7:20 p.m.
Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Dr.

***This program will also be accessible online using Zoom***

Enter the following link on your web browser at or before 7 p.m. and follow the instructions to join the meeting virtually: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86537729303

Mountain Lion photo from CPW files

According to recent research, North American birds have plummeted by nearly 30% since 1970, a staggering population decline that corresponds to almost three billion birds. The Bird Genoscape Project is a multi-university initiative to map the population-specific routes of migratory birds using genomic tools.. This talk will highlight some of the ways in which the project applies genomic tools to connect migratory bird populations across time and space and understand how populations may respond to future environmental stressors.

Dr. Sheela Turbek is a postdoctoral researcher in Dr. Kristen Ruegg’s lab at Colorado State University. Her doctoral research at the University of Colorado Boulder focused on the role of mate choice and migratory behavior in generating and maintaining avian diversity. Lately, she is interested in using genomic tools to advance the conservation of threatened avian species.

JOIN US for this information program meeting. It is free and the Public is welcomed!

Additional Note: The Audubon Spring 2022 Special Issue magazine features “The Wonder of Migration” including an article “Birds of a Feather” that writes about the work of Kristen Ruegg's lab at CSU.