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).