Snakes, Bats, and Glowing Things: Field Genomics in the Amazon Jungle

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Date(s) - Friday, April 21, 2023
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Biotech Without Borders

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A visual guide to doing science in the Peruvian Amazon.

How do scientists do disease surveillance and study biodiversity through the lens of genomics? Citizen scientist Blacki Migliozzi joined a group of jungle field researchers to find out.

Through anecdotes and stunning photography he will walk us through what it’s like to work with big cats, primates, birds, bats, frogs, snakes and many other kinds of organisms. He’ll also provide first-hand observations of the habitat loss endangering these ecosystems as well as the dangers scientists put themselves in when doing this important work.

About the Speaker

Blacki Migliozzi is an award-winning journalist and amateur biologist who learned hands-on biology through DIY maker spaces like Biotech Without Borders and Genspace. He has been a member of several gold medal-winning teams competing in the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition. More recently he has spent several seasons doing genomics fieldwork in the jungles of Central and South America.