If two plants look the same, are they from the same species? How do we choose which individuals to move in conservation translocation projects? How do we find out which processes have driven the evolution of plants and animals?
These and other questions can be answered by studying DNA – the molecule that underpins life on Earth. This Fenner forum outlined some of the many ways that Fenner researchers are using genetic tools to understand the diversity and distribution of life, and to inform conservation and management strategies. From Macaws in the Amazon and life on Antarctic volcanoes, to local mammals and tree frogs, DNA is informing our diverse research on the evolution and conservation of wildlife.