Anthony Caragiulo, Assistant Director of Genomic Operations at the Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics at the American Museum of Natural History, is the speaker at the next “Draper After Dark” lecture at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. The free talk takes place Thursday, July 18, 5:15 p.m. in the Center’s Coe Auditorium.
Caragiulo presents Back to the Future: Leveraging Museum Collections in Contemporary Studies. The presentation explores how collections historically have been used to study biodiversity, what species have been present in an area over time, and more.
In recent years, says Caragiulo, “Advances in genetic techniques and the ability to analyze DNA from historic specimens have greatly expanded the utility of natural history collections to address even more questions about evolutionary processes.”
In his talk, Caragiulo will use examples from his own research, including his work studying the population genetics of mountain lions and the potential hybridization of New York City coyotes with domestic dogs. He also shares some of his experiences assisting those working with anthropological and art collections in identifying the biological origins of their pieces.
Caragiulo has worked at the American Museum of Natural History since 2010 when he began conducting his dissertation research on the population and conservation genetics of mountain lions in Central and South America. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, he received his Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Colgate University, his Master’s from Villanova University, and his PhD from Fordham University.
Keenly interested in utilizing historic and ancient DNA in his work, Caragiulo’s main research involves using genetic and genomic techniques to study populations of a variety of species including mountain lions, jaguars, snow leopards, humpback whales, and coyotes.
The “Draper After Dark” lecture series, coordinated by the Center of the West’s Draper Natural History Museum, is supported in part by Sage Creek Ranch and the Nancy-Carroll Draper Foundation. The final lecture in the series takes place August 22, when Todd Surovell, PhD, presents The First People and the Last Mammoths in Wyoming. Find out more about talks, programs, events, and other activities at centerofthewest.org/calendar.
Since 1917, the award-winning Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, has devoted itself to sharing the story of the authentic American West. The Center is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. For more information, visit centerofthewest.org or the Center’s Facebook page. #centerofthewest
Image: Dr. Anthony Caragiulo with a Harris Hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus). Courtesy photo.