Saola Tracks, February 8, 2023:  Seminar Talks

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February 8, 2023
Dear Friends of Saola,

We are delighted to announce our next series of winter/spring seminar talks, offered free and presented live on Zoom. For this next series, we bring you stories of the fascinating work of some of our technical partners.

First up, on Saturday, February 25, 2023 will be: “From Mount Everest to the Annamite Mountains: Applying molecular tools for wildlife conservation”, presented by Dr. Tracie Seimon, Director of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory, at the Bronx Zoo in New York.

Her talk is free, but registration is required, which you can do here.
Local times for the talk are listed below.

Dr. Seimon directs for WCS the development and implementation of molecular diagnostic technologies to search for wildlife and endangered species using environmental DNA (eDNA). These tools help identify species in the wildlife trade, diagnose infectious diseases in wildlife, and detect rare species in the wild –such as Saola.  She was instrumental in guiding development for the Saola Foundation of the first-ever Saola-specific rapid DNA test kit – a technical cornerstone of our search for Saola.

Dr. Seimon received her PhD in experimental pathology from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in 2003, and served as a Post-doctoral Research Fellow variously between Columbia University and WCS from 2003-2012.

Her work and teaching has covered Cambodia, the Russian Far East, Uganda, Rwanda, Peru, Myanmar, Vietnam and now, more recently, Lao PDR with the Saola Foundation!

Please join us for this fascinating talk on her genetics ‘detective work’ for wildlife.

Then on March 25, we’ll hear how the ancient skill of wildlife tracking can be used to help save endangered wildlife in the 21st century. Our guides will be two Senior Trackers and Evaluators from our partner CyberTracker – Lee Gutteridge and Dr. Kersey Lawrence. Details to follow.

In the meantime, hope to see on February 25!

-The Saola Foundation Team

Local times for “From Mount Everest to the Annamite Mountains: Applying molecular tools for wildlife conservation”:
07:00 am US Pacific
08:00 am US Mountain
09:00 am US Central
10:00 am US Eastern
15:00 London
16:00 most of continental Europe
22:00 Vientiane/Hanoi/Bangkok

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