To Catch a Poacher: DNA and Wildlife Forensics

February 5, 2020

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.

Presented by:

Lindsey Monderman, forensic biologist with Alberta Fish and Wildlife Enforcement

Faculty of Arts and Science | Biological Sciences Speaker Series

Event Details

Date February 5, 2020
Start Time 2:00 p.m.
End Time 3:00 p.m.
Location Building 6
Room 6-133
City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
Event Type Conference/Seminar
Contact Person Nina Bernstein
Contact Phone 780-497-4118
Contact Email