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Tiffany Bright

SE Regional Director

The Rattlesnake Conservancy

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Communicating science for mass consumption can be challenging, but it doesn't have to be! If you struggle to get community buy-in or interest in your research programs, this workshop is for you. The education team at The Rattlesnake Conservancy is hosting a

1-hour workshop on how to take data from research studies and translate that into engaging education activities that create community engagement in your programs. 


Stephen Spear, Ph.D

Co-Chair, IUCN SSC Viper Specialist Group

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This workshop is designed to introduce non-specialists to ways in which molecular methods can inform ecology and conservation, with an emphasis on relevant applications to venomous reptiles. There are two main goals of the workshop: 1) to discuss the different questions and objectives that can be addressed with genetic tools and 2) to provide practical guidance on how to plan and conduct a genetic study, whether in partnership with a lab or through new developments that bring genetics out of the lab and into the field. Genetic technology is rapidly becoming more inexpensive and more accessible, opening the doors to using these methods for species that have traditionally been under-studied. 


Part 1: Topic overviews 

  1. Species inventory and monitoring: Non-invasive genetic methods 

  1. Investigating ecology (diet and diseases) 

  1. Genetic Diversity: Why it’s important and how to measure it 

  1. Defining conservation and management units based on genetic criteria 

  1. Landscape genetics and genomics 


Part 2: How to “do the genetics” if you don’t work in a lab 

  1. Collecting and storing samples 

  1. Sampling design by topic 

  1. What to know when reaching out to geneticists for projects 

  1. DIY Genetics (field portable approaches) 

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