Back to the Future: Leveraging Museum Collections in Contemporary Studies
By Dr. Anthony Caragiulo
July 18, 2019
Join us for our Draper Natural History Museum’s July “Draper After Dark” lecture. Our speaker is Dr. Anthony Caragiulo, Assistant Director of Genomic Operations at the Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics at the American Museum of Natural History. Caragiulo presents Back to the Future: Leveraging Museum Collections in Contemporary Studies. The talks in this series are free, and take place in the Buffalo Bill Center of the West’s Coe Auditorium once a month from June through August.
Collections have historically been incredibly valuable for examining biodiversity, species presence in areas, using morphology for systematics, and investigating species delimitation. 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. These range from genetic diversity measures, population and conservation genetics, and genetic selection.
In this lecture, Caragiulo discusses the varying use of collections in his research to address the population genetics of mountain lions, the potential hybridization of New York City coyotes with domestic dogs, and his experiences aiding anthropological and art collections to identify the biological origins of their pieces.
About our speaker
Anthony 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, Caragiulo received his Bachelors of Arts in Biology from Colgate University, his Master’s from Villanova University, and his PhD from Fordham University. His 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. He is keenly interested in utilizing historic and ancient DNA in his research.
Draper After Dark lectures are supported in part by Sage Creek Ranch and the Nancy-Carroll Draper Foundation.
These lectures take place in our Coe Auditorium and are free and open to the public.