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Water fleas, big data and 21st century technology

Case studies in Muskoka and Sudbury point the way to saving the world


With Dr. John Kenneth Colbourne

Chair of Environmental Genomics, University of Birmingham



This lecture was held on Monday, October 26, 2015 at the Muskoka Boat & Heritage Centre in Gravenhurst. Admission was by donation.



About the Talk




Freshwater ecosystems. Our lives, and certainly in Muskoka, our livelihood, depend on them.


Daphnia PosterEmbark on this journey with us as we learn the details of how research that started in the Sudbury region, and which we will be refining in Muskoka, is rapidly becoming a global research enterprise to transform environment and health protection, including our freshwater ecosystems.


We invite you to come listen to a fascinating talk given by the leading mind and creator of new advanced analytical methods, Professor John Colbourne, as he provides an inspiring view on what is possible and how a focused effort in Muskoka may contribute to saving the world.






About the Speaker

John ColbourneDr. John Kenneth Colbourne joined the University of Birmingham in August 2012 and holds its inaugural Chair of Environmental Genomics. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory, a founding member of the Daphnia Genomics Consortium (DGC), of the Consortium for Environmental Omics and Toxicology (CEOT) and is co-Director of the Joint Centre for Environmental Omics (JCEO) in partnership with the China National GeneBank.


Dr. Colbourne’s investigations encompass the fields of evolutionary ecology, high-throughput biology, environmental and functional genomics. From this blend of disciplines emerges a research program that centers on connecting gene expression and genome structure with individual fitness and population-level responses to environmental challenges.



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