We want to study the existence of exomoons, or moons outside of the solar system. Not only will this enhance our understanding of solar systems, but because moons are potentially habitable, we could advance the search for life.
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.
Sea turtles are the ancient mariners of our oceans. After hatching on a beach, they cross thousands of miles of ocean to reach areas with food. Yet, little is known about where these green sea turtles go and how they migrate.
We’ll gather DNA from village dogs in remote parts of Africa, uncovering ancient genes that have disappeared from bred dogs. These genes will help study dog and human genetic diseases and unravel the history of dog domestication
Sharks are one of the most feared, yet imperiled creatures on our planet. We plan to tag and track sharks with satellite tags to identify their ‘hot spots’ for mating, feeding, and pupping, and to protect them at these sites.