There are snakes in paradise Event as iCalendar

(Biodiversity and Biosecurity, Biological Sciences, Environment, Seminars)

01 May 2017

1 - 2pm

Venue: Mac 1, Biology Building

Location: 5 Symonds Street, City Campus

Host: School of Biological Sciences

Cost: Free - all welcome

Contact info: Dr Kristal Cain

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Dr Luis Ortiz-Catedral holding a snake while standing beside a cactus and the sea.
Dr Luis Ortiz-Catedral

There are snakes in paradise

Dr Luis Ortiz-Catedral, Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences, Massey University

Dr Luis Ortiz-Catedral’s research interests include the demography and natural history of island vertebrates. His research group uses parrots, mockingbirds, snakes and iguanas as models to understand changes in genetic diversity in small populations. He also works closely with rangers and managers in Australia, Mexico and Ecuador developing programmes for the recovery of critically endangered species.

In this talk, Dr Ortiz-Catedral will present his ongoing projects on snake diversity and ecology in the Galapagos Islands, their current conservation status and the exciting plans to improve the conservation status of the rarest of the rare: the Floreana racer (Pseudalsophis biserialis biserialis).