Genomics Lite: Biodiversity and Evolution Series

Exploring how genomics informs our understanding of biodiversity and evolution

This series will explore how genomics understanding and techniques are applied in the fields of biodiversity and evolution.

This series has now finished, but you can watch recordings of the sessions below and continue to use the learning resources.

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Session 1. Biodiversity & Evolution in context: Genomes, biodiversity & evolution

We’ll be joined by Dr Marcela Uliano-Silva to explore how genomics can aid our understanding of biodiversity and evolution.

Session 2. Biodiversity & Evolution in the lab: Sequencing genomes old and new

We’ll be joined by two researchers to discuss and compare methods and challenges in sequencing the genomes of old and new samples.

Session 3. Biodiversity & Evolution the big questions: Evolution of malaria, mosquitos and medicine

We’ll be joined by Petra Korlevic to explore how humans have affected the evolution of malaria and mosquitos.

Session 4. Biodiversity & Evolution careers panel: Careers in Biodiversity and Evolution

Join us for a careers panel session, exploring different careers and routes into the biodiversity and evolution fields.

Learning Resources

What is evolution?

  • Evolution describes the change in characteristics of species over several generations, through a process of natural selection. Find out more about different types of evolution and what natural selection in action looks like.
  • By studying the human genome, scientists have been able to better understand the history of human evolution and whether humans are still evolving.

What is biodiversity?

  • Biodiversity describes all the variety of life that exists in a given species or ecosystem.
  • Biodiversity is key for the survival of species through changes in climate and ecosystems. Understanding the biodiversity of a species can aid in conservation projects

What is the Darwin Tree of Life project?

  • The Darwin Tree of Life project aims to sequence the genome of all 60,000 species of eukaryotic organisms in Britain and Ireland. This project is a large collaborative project between many different scientific research institutes including the Sanger Institute and EMBL-EBI from the Wellcome Genome Campus.
  • Follow the progress of a once-in-a-generation science project and hone your independent study skills with Schools @ Darwin Tree of Life. Live Chats take place with the scientists every week. They’re moderated, so you can attend on your own, or with friends. No audio or video kit is needed – it’s all text-based. Create your username here: