Conserving evolutionary processes Event as iCalendar

01 February 2018


Venue: Room 106-112 (MAC1) Biology Building

Location: City Campus

Host: Centre for Computational Evolution

Cost: Free


Title: Conserving evolutionary processes

Presenter: Jeffrey Hanson (PhD candidate, The University of Queensland)
Supervisors: Associate Professor Richard Fuller (UQ) & Associate Professor Jonathan Rhodes (UQ)

Protected areas are used to safeguard biodiversity patterns (e.g. species, populations) and the processes that sustain them (e.g. adaptation, gene flow). Since the resources available for conservation are limited, conservation efforts need to be allocated in a cost effective manner that will maximize biodiversity persistence. However, evolutionary processes are rarely considered when assessing existing protected areas or planning for the establishment of new reserves.

During his PhD project, Jeffrey has developed new methods to incorporate evolutionary processes, such as adaptation, genetic drift, and gene flow, into the reserve selection process. He has also investigated potential surrogates for genetic data, such as environmental variation, geographic distance, and habitat suitability, to prioritize conservation efforts when genetic data are not available.

Jeffery will show that failing to consider evolutionary processes during reserve selection can undermine the long-term success of conservation efforts.

Jeffrey Hanson is finishing his PhD at The University of Queensland, Australia. Under the guidance of Richard Fuller and Jonathan Rhodes, Jeff has developed methods to operationalize evolutionary processes for setting conservation priorities. He is passionate about improving the cost-effectiveness of conservation activities. His interests include spatial prioritization, spatial data analysis, species distribution modeling, landscape genetics, and developing open source software. More information is available on Mr Hanson's website.