Dr. George Amato
LCF Board of Directors and Scientific Advisory Committee member
To see an interview about what inspired Dr. Amato to become a scientist, visit the AMNH “Meet the Scientists” channel:
Dr. Amato is the Director and Affiliated Professor, Sackler Institute of Comparative Genomics at the American Museum of Natural History
‘Dr. George Amato’s current research interests include genetic threats associated with habitat fragmentation in endangered species, molecular ecology, taxonomic and phylogenetic questions related to determining units of conservation, using molecular markers for assessing priority areas for biodiversity conservation, non-invasive sampling techniques for endangered species and monitoring the trade in endangered species products using DNA based forensic science. Dr. Amato has participated in research activities worldwide, including research in Cuba, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Madagascar, South Africa, Tanzania, Malaysia, China and Peru. He has published and lectured extensively on conservation strategies for endangered species and especially on using molecular analyses to determine conservation priorities.’
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‘The AMNH Center for Conservation Genetics (ConGen) employs cutting-edge techniques in genetics, molecular biology, population biology, molecular ecology, and forensics to identify and ameliorate genetic threats to endangered species and to develop and support conservation strategies for retaining genetic diversity. Working closely with the AMNH Center for Biodiversity and Conservation (CBC), the Molecular Systematics Laboratory (MSL), the Cullman Molecular Laboratory (CML), the Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics (SICG), Ambrose Monell Cryo Collection (AMCC), and Museum Curators, ConGen uses the latest techniques in conservation biology to conduct critically important research and design conservation management plans.’
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