We will use DNA extracted from museum specimens of four bird species that went extinct in North America in the Twentieth Century to determine the sizes and distributions of their populations leading up to their final days.
The sediments at Virginia’s Carmel Church Quarry have yielded over 50 fossil species, including whales, sharks, turtles, crocodiles, sea cows, and land animals. We are trying to save these remains before they’re lost to erosion.
Using a Google Earth interface, this study will GIS map historic distributions and current trends of killer whale sightings, highlighting human activity and known occurrences of Southern resident pods along the Pacific coast.
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