Biodiversity conservation is a priority in international, national and local policies, and genetic diversity has been established as an important level to protect. Given that evolutionary changes can occur rapidly, we need to consider both evolutionary history, as well as ongoing evolutionary processes in a context of a changing environment, in order to achieve successful management outcomes.
Recent state-of-the-art developments in seascape genomic assessments and temporal genetic monitoring make it easier to incorporate genetic results in protection, restoration and monitoring. Most importantly genetic results are also increasingly produced at a spatial scale that is relevant to management actions.
Outline for the meeting
We plan for a mix of talks on the topic, as well as several discussion sessions to discuss issues such as the relevance of evolutionary aspects for conservation, costs associated with producing genetic data, and the impact of genetic diversity on ecosystem functioning.
Invited stakeholders will contribute with management perspectives in the discussions. Together we will explore new ways forward to improve management and conservation of marine biodiversity.
Leif Andersson, Professor, Dept of Medical biochemistry and microbiology, comparative genetics and functional genomics, Uppsala University, Sweden
Maria Beger, Associate professor in Conservation Science, Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of Leeds, UK
Jakob Granit, Director General, The Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management (HaV), Sweden
Kerstin Johannesson, Professor, Dept of Marine Sciences and Director of Tjärnö Marine Laboratory, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
The Centre for Marine Evolutionary Biology, CeMEB, brings together scientists with broad expertise from many different disciplines with a common interest in evolutionary processes of marine organisms.
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