Naturalist Night: Ancient DNA

Thursday, December 1 2016 from 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History 1305 East Cliff Drive Santa Cruz, CA 95062

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December 1 | 7-8:30 PM $12 General | $6 Children | Members 50% off

In this talk, Dr. Peter Heintzman will discuss what we have learned from the ancient DNA of three extinct ice age species: the Western camel, the Steppe bison, and the iconic Woolly mammoth. Dr. Heintzman uses ancient DNA from ice age plants and animals to explore how past climatic and environmental changes impacted upon the evolution and biodiversity of ice age ecosystems. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the paleogenomics laboratory at the University of California Santa Cruz, where he is working on a variety of ice age beasts, including mammoths, bison, horses, camels, and rhinos.