Marine Life Talk at NOC in Southampton

Marine Life Talk – August 2016

4 August 2016 – Using DNA to explore invasive species – how four letters open up a window into the world of the globe’s hitchhikers
Speaker: Steven Bourne

Invasive species are a hot topic in the contemporary worlds of biodiversity, conservation and science policy. Conveyed by humans, there are few places in the world’s oceans still untouched by their global spread.

However, scientists and policy makers now have a powerful tool in their arsenal to push back. Recent advances in DNA sequencing technology have made the exploration of an organism’s DNA much more accessible, allowing unprecedented insight into the past, present and potential future of invasive species. This talk will explore the current and developing DNA techniques that scientists are using to study and control invasive species, including work currently being undertaken at the National Oceanography Centre. It will also demonstrate how this front-line science can feed into public policy, and guide legislation towards tackling future marine invasions.

Steven is a 2nd year PhD student in the Ecology and Evolution lab, a part of the Marine Biology and Ecology Research Group at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton. His research revolves around invasive species and their ability to adapt to novel environments. To achieve this, he focuses on their DNA, exploring how their genetic makeup shows the rapid adaptation that has enabled them to become such successful global colonisers.

Through this work he will contribute towards knowledge of how different environments induce adaptation in organisms, and more broadly, how it indicates animals may adapt to a changing climatic future.


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Next Month’s Talk

8 September – Being a coral nutritionist: How does the diet of a reef coral affect its health and ability to cope with rising temperatures? Speaker: Sabrina Rosset

Marine Life Talks

These talks are held on the first Thursday of each month at 7.30pm in the Henry Charnock Lecture Theatre, National Oceanography Centre. Please sign in outside the lecture theatre on level four.

All talks are free and open to members of the public.

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Event dates: 
Thursday 4 August 2016 - 19:30 to 21:00