BIAZA Brings You...Dr Andrew Mooney

30th Jul 2021

From Dr Andrew Mooney, this talk is entitled "The value of ex situ collections for global biodiversity conservation." Abstract and biography below. To register, please email [email protected]    Abstract: Despite the best efforts of ...

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From Dr Andrew Mooney, this talk is entitled "The value of ex situ collections for global biodiversity conservation."

Abstract and biography below. To register, please email [email protected] 

 

Abstract:

Despite the best efforts of conservation practitioners global biodiversity is continuing to decline, and the role of zoos and aquariums in conserving global biodiversity ex situ has become increasingly important. As ex situ conservation resources are limited, evidence-based decision making is required to identify, and prioritise, the management actions necessary to increase the potential of ex situ conservation efforts. Here I explore the multifaceted contribution of ex situ collections to global biodiversity conservation. Using a dataset of more than 1,000 zoos and aquariums I illustrate the important conservation and management insights that can be derived from globally shared ex situ records, providing the recommendations necessary to increase the efficacy of global ex situ conservation efforts. In particular I address 1) the entrenched taxonomic biases in collection planning and the prioritisation of large, charismatic vertebrates, 2) the unsustainability of ex situ populations due to limited space availability and management practices, and 3) the limited considerations of the potential for ex situ collections to conserve and reintroduce genetic variation into populations using biological samples and advanced reproductive technologies.

 

Biography:

Dr Andrew Mooney has just completed a PhD in the School of Natural Sciences (Zoology) at Trinity College Dublin and is a Guest PhD Researcher with the zoo records keeping service Species360. He is a Fulbright Commission alumnus to the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research and currently sits on the Tayto Theme Park and Zoo Ethics Committee.

Email: [email protected] 

Twitter: @andymooney13