cristian gruppi presents at world pangolin day nigeria conference

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Cristian Gruppi presents at World Pangolin Day Nigeria conference

Dr. Cristian Gruppi, a UCLA postdoctoral scholar with the Center of Tropical Research presented an invited talk during the World Pangolin Day 2021 virtual conference, “Towards Sustainable Pangolin Conservation in Nigeria” held by the Pangolin Conservation Guild of Nigeria. Attendees to the conference on February 20th included researchers, scientists, and other professionals working in the field of conservation working to protect this critically endangered species. Dr. Gruppi gave a presentation entitled, “Genoscape: A Genomic Approach for Wildlife Conservation,” during the technical session. 

The Center for Tropical Research is currently using genomics and other innovative approaches to build an origin-to-destination tracking system for giant pangolins trafficked from sub-Saharan Africa to Asia. To learn more, visit the Center for Tropical Research’s Pangolin Trafficking Project.