Virtual Conservation Icons: A Talk with Biologist Darko Cotoras on April 22

Explore the breathtaking biodiversity of island ecosystems with scientist Darko Cotoras as he talks with Lindsay Wildlife Executive Director Carlos de la Rosa at 6 p.m., Thursday, April 22 as part of our Virtual Conservation Icons series.

Cotoras is an evolutionary biologist who studies spiders and other invertebrates as part of his research into how biodiversity in isolated areas is shaped over time. Focusing on invertebrates from islands in the Pacific Ocean, he has done fieldwork in Hawaii, French Polynesia, the Great Barrier Reef, Rapa Nui and other locations. On his research, he integrates field and museum work with phylogenetics, population genetics and genomics.

In addition to his field work, Cotoras was a co-coordinator and guest faculty at the Organization for Tropical Studies in Costa Rica. He is currently a research associate in Entomology at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco but will soon be a Humboldt postdoctoral fellow at the Senckenberg Museum (Frankfurt, Germany) working in the evolution of an endemic genus of spiders present in the temperate rainforest of southern Chile and Patagonia.

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