Using genetic tools to preserve Atlantic herring

Angela P. Fuentes Pardo

I am Angela, a biologist from Colombia, currently working as a postdoctoral researcher in Leif Andersson’s Lab at Uppsala University.

My research focuses on understanding how organisms respond and adapt to environmental change, and how ecological and evolutionary processes shape genetic diversity at various spatial and temporal scales. I integrate genomics, bioinformatics, and ecological modelling to address these questions and to develop genetic tools that can help inform conservation and management actions.

My Soapbox Science talk

My talk will be about the importance of protecting genetic diversity within species to lower the potential for extinction under environmental changes. I will explain how genomics is revolutionizing many aspects of our life, including our understanding of how organisms adapt to their local environment.

We use Atlantic herring as our study system. To identify genetic variants associated with particular traits of interest, we screen the entire DNA of numerous individuals and populations using powerful computers. In my talk, I will share some of our most recent findings on the genetic adaptations of Atlantic herring and their association with the environment. I will also explain how we are developing genetic tools that will enable the monitoring of herring populations for a sustainable use of this valuable natural resource.

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Last modified: 2022-05-24