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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

M O L E C U L A R & C O M P U TAT I O NA L B I O LO G Y
COLLOQUIUM SERIES

Filipe Alberto, PhD


Associate Professor
from
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Department of Biological Sciences
will present on

"Using genetics to unravel the


ecology and economic potential
of the giant kelp Macrocystis
pyrifera”

Abstract: The giant kelp Macrocystis pyrifera, is a fast


growing brown algae of enormous ecological and
economic interest that forms luxurious submerged
Friday, April 5, 2019
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm forests in many parts of world. Following decades of
exciting giant kelp ecological research in California, in
Ray R. Irani Hall the last ten years population genetics analysis has tackled
1050 Childs Way, RRI 101
Los Angeles, CA 90089-2910
giant kelp life history secrets. Genetic analysis extended
our knowledge in many areas from gene-flow and meta-
population dynamics; biogeography; mating system and
For additional information,
contact: inbreeding depression to inter individual heterogeneity
Sergey Nuzhdin, PhD and clonality. In this presentation I will synthesize our
snuzhdin@usc.edu findings in the aforementioned areas and discuss how this
background knowledge contributed to first genomic
Jen Nelson
jmbrewer@usc.edu
selection program targeting this important kelp.