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Diving into the genetics of range shifts

Jorge E. Ramos is a marine biologist with a PhD in Natural and Physical Sciences from the University of Tasmania. His PhD project focused on examining the life-history characteristics, genetics and population dynamics of the range extending common Sydney octopus (Octopus tetricus).

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Searching for patterns in the genetics of range-shifting animals can help us to understand why some animals, and not others, are shifting where they live in response to climate change. Sightings of the common Sydney octopus (Octopus tetricus) in Tasmanian waters (logged with Redmap!) provided the motivation for studying the genetics of this range-shifting marine species. Here, Jorge describes interesting genetic patterns across the shifting distribution of Octopus tetricus.

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