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When: Wednesday, January 8th, 2020
Time: 6:30 pm — 7:30 pm
Location:Sunnyside Branch of the Ottawa Public Library at 1049 Bank Street (at Aylmer Ave in Old Ottawa South)
Audience:Anyone, 613-520-2600 x 8760

Guest Speaker: Catherine Cullingham, Professor, Department of Biology

Human genetic testing kits are quite popular, with over 18 million sold worldwide. The data generated can give people insight into their genetic heritage, disease risks, allergies, even traits inherited from Neanderthals. These same approaches can be used to examine wildlife populations to address management and conservation issues.

In this talk, Prof. Cullingham will use her research to highlight how genetic information can be used to help address difficult problems in nature. She will explore examples from both forestry (the mountain pine beetle system), and terrestrial mammals (chronic wasting disease) to show how genetic data can help fill knowledge gaps and be used by wildlife managers to make informed decisions.

Learn more about Prof. Cullingham’s research by visiting her faculty page.

About the Science Café

Explore science through Carleton University’s popular Science Café series, held twice a month during the fall and winter terms at the Sunnyside Branch of the Ottawa Public Library at 1049 Bank Street (at Aylmer Ave in Old Ottawa South). Each café begins at 6:30 p.m. with a 20-minute talk by a scientist followed by a 40-minute open question and answer period.

Come and join us for a lively discussion around a scientific issue of the day. Be prepared to be informed, engaged and even amused, as our professors share their scientific discoveries with you. All are welcome. For more information, please contact the Faculty of Science by email at or by telephone at 613-520-4388.

View the Science Café Winter 2020 Schedule