[Coral-List] survey on marine genomics needs for coral reef conservation

Daniel Barshis barshis at hawaii.edu
Sat Dec 22 02:36:49 UTC 2018

Dear Coral-Listers,
    Please see below for a survey request from Revive and Restore, a
non-profit working with a foundation to understand research priorities for
genomics that will aid in marine conservation efforts.

As part of an Ocean Genomics Horizon Scan, Revive & Restore
<http://reviverestore.org/> has been interviewing experts in marine biology
and marine conservation to identify potential areas where genetic rescue
and synthetic biology could be applied to restore ocean health and

Throughout the project, Revive & Restore researchers heard repeatedly from
interviewees that elements of marine conservation are hampered by a lack of
genomic sequencing data. We want to drill down on that problem to
understand this challenge with more depth and to better understand what
genomic data researchers really need to achieve effective *conservation
outcomes*. Those interviewed also emphasized that there is a lack of
cryopreservation efforts and a dire need to preserve specimens of species
at risk of extinction.

To fully understand the need for genomic resources, Revive & Restore
drafted the attached survey on sequencing and biobanking needs for species
of conservation significance.* (The survey should take less than 10 minutes
to complete and results will be shared with all participants.)*

The intent of the Ocean Genomics Horizon Scan is to highlight for potential
ocean funders whether a lack of these resources are limiting innovations in
marine conservation, and if so, to help identify those most urgent areas
requiring funding. The results of this survey will be included in the
Horizon Scan report, which presents a unique opportunity in early 2019 to
draw attention to the state of the art with regards to genomic resources
for marine conservation and to raise the attention of conservation funders.

Please fill out this survey <https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Revive_Restore>
(https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Revive_Restore) to help the effort! (You
may conduct this survey as many times as you like for different taxa.)

Ocean Genomics Banking & Sequencing Survey


  Daniel Barshis, Ph.D.
  Assistant Professor
  Department of Biological Sciences
  Old Dominion University
  Mills Godwin Building 302J
  Norfolk, VA 23529
  Office: 757-683-3614
  Lab: 757-683-5755
  Web: www.odu.edu/~dbarshis

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