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From CSI to Virgin Births: What DNA Can Tell us About Shark Biology and Conservation

Dr. Demian Chapman, Assistant Professor, Stony Brook University School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences
Beginning at 7:30 pm
March 06, 2009
Stony Brook Southampton, Chancellor\'s Hall
Sponsored by the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science.
Presentation at this event.

DNA analysis has not only transformed our understanding of the natural world, it has also revolutionized how we solve certain real world problems like paternity disputes and crime scene investigations.

In this presentation, Dr. Demian Chapman will show how DNA analysis is providing important new insights into shark biology and conservation. Dr. Chapman will illustrate this with case examples from his research, ranging from a CSI performed on
shark fins taken during a raid on a seafood dealer’s warehouse in Brooklyn to a 16-year pedigree and census of sharks in a tropical lagoon in the Bahamas. He will also describe how paternity testing revealed the surprising fact that female sharks that have not mated can occasionally produce offspring, a recent finding that made headlines worldwide.

Dr. Chapman directs the shark research program at the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science at Stony Brook University (SBU), and is an Assistant Professor in SBU's School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences.

The lecture will be in the Duke Lecture Hall; a reception will follow. Contact 631-632-9325 for additional information.

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