Dr. L.D. (Laura) Bertola
- Conservation genetics
- Phylogeny/ Phylogeography
- Population genetics
- Environmental DNA
|Telephone number:||+31 (0)71 527 5652|
|Faculty / Department:||Wiskunde en Natuurwetenschappen, Centrum voor Milieuwetenschappen Leiden, CML/Conservation Biology|
Van Steenis gebouw
2333 CC Leiden
Room number A318
Laura is interested in how the rapidly developing field of genetics can contribute to the field of conservation biology. During her PhD-research she applied various genetic techniques to gain insight into the distribution of genetic diversity in the lion. These data provide a rational basis for prioritising populations for conservation efforts, but also give insight into evolutionary drivers which may have contributed to the current genetic make-up. Phylogeographic data can contribute to defining management strategies, both for in situ conservation and for breeding of captive stocks.
She has explored different sources of DNA e.g. by non-invasively collecting hair and scat samples and by using ancient DNA approaches for specimens in natural history collections. Analogue to this, She is currently working on a project on environmental DNA, in which they want to access the applicability of DNA isolated directly from aquatic samples for water quality monitoring.
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