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For Immediate Release
October 29, 2012

First Monday Lecture in November Digs in to Wildlife Populations

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  • IPFW First Mondays series, Monday, Nov. 5, noon to 1:15 p.m., Science Building, Room 168
  • Mark Jordan digs in to wildlife populations
  • Free and open to the public
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FORT WAYNE, Ind.—The College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne’s (IPFW’s) popular First Mondays lecture series is digging into wildlife populations for its November lecture, Monday, November 5, from noon to 1:15 p.m. in Science Building, Room 168.

“Remembering the Ancestors in a Changing World: The Past, Present, and Future of Wildlife Populations,” will be presented by Associate Professor of Biology Mark Jordan.

“Animal populations face significant challenges in coping with the relatively rapid changes that have occurred in human-dominated landscapes,” said Jordan. “In our region, habitats are isolated by roads and fields, and the remaining patches are often made inhospitable by human activity. While these patterns are readily observable, a possibly more dramatic change in the landscape occurred several thousand years ago when glaciers retreated to leave new terrain and watersheds for animals to discover. Using analyses of DNA from local amphibians and fishes, this talk investigates the impact of landscape change at these different scales and its role in shaping the future viability of populations.”

First Mondays is a student-focused series sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences (COAS). Presentations feature COAS faculty discussing interesting aspects of their research in a relaxed atmosphere. The discussions allow IPFW students to delve into and learn about research areas often not covered in the classroom. The lectures are free and open to the public.

For more information on the series, go to or contact Carl Drummond, dean of COAS, at 260-481-6160 or; for information on the lecture, contact Jordan at 260-481-6315 or