AWARDEES FROM THE WILD GENOMES–Amphibians COMPETITION
Laos Warty Newt
Principal Investigator: Dr. David Weisrock, University of Kentucky – Using a top-down genomic approach to develop a cost-effective molecular toolkit for the conservation of an endangered newt (Laotriton laoensis).
Principal Investigator: Andrea Schreier, University of California, Davis – Enable rapid field detection of the amphibian fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis using a CRISPR-based SHERLOCK assay.
Chile Mountains false toad
Principal Investigator: Danté Fenolio, San Antonio Zoo Center for Conservation and Research – Complete a reference genome for the Chile Mountains false toad (Telmatobufo venustus) to help develop a national conservation plan for this species and other false toads endemic to Chile.
Vietnamese crocodile newt
Principal Investigator: Tao T. Nguyen, Institute of Genome Research – Sequence the unusually large and complex genome of the Vietnamese crocodile newt (Tylototriton vietnamensis) to provide a resource for scientists and inform conservation of the species.
Andean Jambato harlequin frog
Principal Investigator: Sarah Fitzpatrick, Michigan State University – Develop a reference genome for the Andean Jambato harlequin frog (Atelopus ignescens) to characterize a recent genetic bottleneck and improve recovery of a species once thought to be extinct.
Principal Investigator: Jessie Beck, Oikonos Ecosystem Knowledge; Co-PI: Diana Baetscher, NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center – Building genetic markers that reflect where an Albatross was born to inform conservation and create opportunities for targeted fisheries management.
Principal Investigator: Camila Mazzoni, Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research – Building high quality reference genomes for five sea turtle species to inform strategies for population recovery and resilience.
Principal Investigator: James Dimond, Western Washington University; Co-PI: Josh Bouma and Ryan Crim, Puget Sound Restoration Fund – Studying the population genetic structure of pinto abalone from Alaska to Mexico to inform the selection of new potential broodstock sources for restoration.
Principal Investigator: Andrea Bodnar, Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute – Building a reference genome as a foundation for population genetic assessment throughout the Jonah crab’s range (the Eastern seaboard from Canada to Florida).
Principal Investigator: Marie Louis, GLOBE Institute, University of Copenhagen, Denmark – Sequencing genomes from narwhals across fjord systems to assess fine scale genetic structure, management units, local adaptation, and inbreeding for management.
BROWN SEA CUCUMBER
Principal Investigator: Nina Overgaard Therkildsen, Cornell University – Assessing genetic variation among populations to guide re-introductions, support genetic rescue programs, assess the impacts of fishing, and provide practical enforcement tools to combat poaching.
Principal Investigator: Daniel Barshis, Old Dominion University; Co-PI: Veronica Radice, Old Dominion University – Building reference genomes for two coral species, both reef specialists of American Sāmoa. The reference genomes will inform a new conservation project with the National Park Service testing thermal thresholds and climate resilience of these two species.
AWARDEES FROM THE WILD GENOMES–Terrestrial COMPETITION
Principal Investigator: Irhamna Putri Rahmawati, Yogyakarta Nature Conservation Foundation, Indonesia
Principal Investigator: Mariah Meek, Michigan State University
XERCES BLUE BUTTERFLY
Principal Investigators: Athena Lam, Chris Grinter, David J. Bettman, Matthew Van Dam, and Durrell D. Kapan, Center for Comparative Genomics and the Department of Entomology, California Academy of Sciences
Principal Investigator: Paola Nogales Ascarrunz, Universidad Mayor de San Andrés Bolivia
Sunflower Sea Star
Principal Investigators: Michael Dawson and Lauren Scheibelhut, University of California, Merced
Principal Investigator: Phil Morin, NOAA Fisheries, in collaboration with Vertebrate Genomes Project and the Frozen Zoo at San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance
Principal Investigator: Lara Urban, University of Otago, in collaboration with the Vertebrate Genomes Project and the Takahē Recovery Programme, New Zealand
Principal Investigator: Charles Feigin, University of Melbourne, Australia
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