Genomicists study genetic information to understand how animals and plants survive and breed in their habitats, and how evolution happens to enhance survival. Shaffer describes how his study of genomics has colored the way he sees the world, the possibilities it opens up, and two examples of how the field has shaped understanding of species in California: the desert tortoise and the California tiger salamander.
Field of Genes: A conservation genomicist looks at nature
H. Bradley Shaffer is a distinguished professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and director of the La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science, a part of the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability.
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H. Bradley Shaffer; Field of Genes: A conservation genomicist looks at nature. Boom 1 September 2014; 4 (3): 129–133. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2014.4.3.129
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