The goal of most poachers is to keep a trophy from their kill. As the trophy is always some sort of biological material, this makes DNA an excellent tool for investigating crimes involving wildlife.
Using forensic tools to investigate illegal harvesting of wildlife is an important part of protecting and conserving Alberta’s natural resources. The Alberta Fish and Wildlife Forensic Unit uses DNA analysis and other forensic techniques to investigate illegal activity involving wildlife. Lindsey Monderman will discuss the development of DNA typing protocols in the Forensic Unit and use case examples to show the application of the techniques. Lindsey will also describe challenges of wildlife forensics compared to human forensics and look at how the field may evolve.
Lindsey Monderman, forensic biologist with Alberta Fish and Wildlife Enforcement
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