Anne Yoder: "Madagascar’s mouse lemurs and speciation, climate change, & (possibly) Alzheimer's"

source: Talks at Google      2016年4月21日
Dr. Anne Yoder, Director of the Duke Lemur Center in Durham, NC, presents a talk on Madagascar’s mouse lemurs.
This talk focuses on the integrative approach that Yoder takes to understanding the biological history of Madagascar through the lens of lemur evolution. She has been obsessed with mouse lemurs for the past 20 years, first becoming involved with study of their fascinating patterns of cryptic speciation. As Director of the Duke Lemur Center, she has been working to communicate the appeal of mouse lemurs (and their lemur kin) for a broad spectrum of basic science disciplines including aging, cognition, and specifically, Alzheimer’s disease. In parallel, she and the Duke Lemur Center are intimately involved with conservation efforts in Madagascar. She has recently discovered the power of Google Earth for informing her studies of forest corridors, and some day, hopes to take advantage of Project Loon. Not only would it be very handy for her personally to be able to connect with the rest of the world while in the depths of Madagascar’s forests, Project Loon has the potential to empower generations of Malagasy scientists and conservation activists.
The Duke Lemur Center through its living laboratory advances science, scholarship, and biological conservation through interdisciplinary research on lemurs. By engaging scientists, students and the public in new discoveries and global awareness, the Center promotes a deeper appreciation of biodiversity and an understanding of the power of scientific discovery. http://lemur.duke.edu

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