Tigers are charismatic, fascinating but also highly endangered. The government of India is investing great efforts to recover tiger populations, but has tiger recovery got anything to do with science? In this talk, I will discuss our work on the genetics of tiger populations, and how use tiger DNA to count how many tigers there are in a park and whether tigers are moving between parks. I will also discuss what happens to tiger populations that become isolated. Our work depends on sampling tiger DNA from the wild, modern technologies of genetics and genomics and simulation models to investigate the possibility of extinction in the future. Together, we will discuss the future of tigers and the role science can plan in ensuring they have one here in India.
Kaapi with Kuriosity
Uma Ramakrishnan (NCBS, Bengaluru)
4pm to 5pm Sunday, 10 November 2019
Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium, Bengaluru