Conservation Genomics Careers
Conservation Genomics is a field that combines genetics, ecology, and conservation biology to understand the genetic basis of biological diversity and inform conservation management decisions. It involves using genomic tools and techniques to study genetic diversity, population structure, gene flow, adaptation, and species interactions, with the ultimate goal of preserving biodiversity and managing threatened and endangered species.
Overall, the field of conservation genomics offers a diverse range of career paths, with opportunities in academia, government, non-profit organizations, and the private sector.
World renowned professor Dr. Alex Feltus from Clemson University has built this powerful computational biology journey including Python techniques to parse genomics data files, transcribe DNA files into RNA files, and translate RNA files into protein sequence files. Students will also explore the genomics of the Coronavirus. Qualifies for the BioHackers: Digital Biology digital badge.
In this Bioinformatics Journey, students will explore how computational environments such as Linux, Jupyter Notebooks, and Python impact biosciences and genomics. In addition, they will gain insights into genome data mining, structural bioinformatics, and systems biology using data-intensive hands-on labs and AI-powered collaboration. Qualifies for the BioHacker: Bioinformatics digital badge.
Conservation scientist Dr. Ellie Armstrong leverages AI-powered curation, hands-on data-intensive computer environments, multisensory online resources, quizzes, and expert mentoring to teach students how to use bioinformatics workflows to analyze and assemble animal genomes with a focus on endangered species.
Earners of the Digital Biology BioHacker credential have successfully demonstrated experiential skills in computational biology, python programming, Linux command line, applied genomics, and running biological workflows on data-intensive computing systems. The Digital Biology badge requires 50+ hours of hands-on activities and labs across 17 skills in biotech R&D. This BioHacker credential was built in collaboration with world renowned professor Alex Feltus, currently at Clemson University.
Earners of the Bioinformatics BioHacker credential have successfully demonstrated experiential skills in computational biology, genome data mining, structural bioinformatics, and systems biology. The Bioinformatics badge requires 75+ hours of hands-on activities and labs across 20+ skills in biotech R&D. The Bioinformatics BioHacker credential was built in collaboration with world renowned professor Alex Feltus, currently at Clemson University.
Earners of the Conservation Genomics BioHacker credential have successfully demonstrated experiential skills in computational biology and generating genomic data specifically to address wildlife management needs. The Conservation Genomics badge requires 50+ hours of hands-on activities and labs across 15+ skills in biotech R&D. The Conservation Genomics BioHacker credential was built in collaboration with world renowned conservation scientist professor Ellie Armstrong while teaching at Middlebury College.
Top Conservation Genomics Careers
Here are the top 10 careers in Conservation Genomics leveraging the skills you earned from these Praxis courses and digital credentials:
- Conservation Geneticist – working on developing and implementing conservation management strategies for threatened and endangered species using genetic data and analyses.
- Bioinformatician – developing and implementing computational pipelines for analyzing genomic data, including genome assembly, annotation, and phylogenetic analysis.
- Research Scientist – conducting original research in conservation genomics, including data analysis, interpretation, and manuscript preparation.
- Field Biologist – collecting and processing samples for genomic analyses, including managing fieldwork, laboratory protocols, and data analysis.
- Wildlife Biologist – conducting surveys of endangered species, monitoring population size and trends, and designing conservation strategies based on genetic information.
- Ecologist – using genetic data to investigate the relationships between species and their environment, including interactions with other species, habitat selection, and migration patterns.
- Science Educator – teaching and training others on conservation genomics, including developing educational materials and conducting training workshops for biologists, managers, and the public.
- Conservation Biotechnologist – developing and implementing biotechnological tools for conservation, including genetic modification, assisted reproductive technologies, and cloning.
- Science Writer – communicating scientific findings and conservation issues to the public through popular science writing, journalism, and multimedia.
- Science Policy Analyst – advising policy makers and conservation managers on scientific issues related to conservation genomics, including developing policies, regulations, and management plans.