Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Science Club Events 03 April 2014

Science Club Events - Lent 2014
03 April 2014 - 1pm - Zoology Museum (Wallace 129)

Strategies for the Control of the invasive American mink (Neovison vison) in a Natural Park

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Prof. Paloma Moran

As already recognized by Charles Elton (see here), invasions by non native species are a major threat to species survival. Not only can non native species displace native ones, but often this can lead also to major ecosystem changes. Often invasions by non native species are caused directly or indirectly by human activities and can lead to considerable economic costs. To manage these problems and to save native species, not rarely it is necessary to control or eradicate the invasive species - often a rather difficult task.

Our seminar speaker of this week, Prof. Paloma Moran form the University of Vigo in Spain, is a conservation geneticists who works also on the management of invasive species and will present us a project she is currently involved in, focussed on controlling feral mink populations in a natural park.


The American mink a semi-aquatic carnivore, originating from North America, which was imported into Europe for fur farming at the beginning of the 20th century. Due to massive escapes, farm damages, deliberate releases and/or accidents, feral mink populations are now established in many ecosystems. I discuss in this talk actions taken in the Natural park of the Atlantic Islands (Spain) to eradicate this species, including trapping and genetic monitoring.

Everyone most welcome to attend!

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