Old Vero Ice Age Sites Committee

P.O. Box 351, Vero Beach, FL 32961   


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Tuesday, February 27th, 2024

HBOI - Genomics & DNA

Information about the Ancient DNA lab at Harbor Branch/FAU where Dr. Greg O'Corry-Crowe and Sarah Rodgers will be performing dna work on artifacts found at the Vero Man site.


Dr. Greg O’Corry-Crowe, Research Professor

Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, Florida Atlantic University


Greg’s research focuses on combining molecular genetics with field ecology to study the molecular and behavioral ecology of marine apex predators.  He is particularly interested in investigating the effects of ecosystem and climate change on upper tropic levels with an emphasis on polar and temperate marine mammals. Greg completed his studies (B.Sc., Ph.D.) at University College Dublin, Ireland where he focused on terrestrial mammals (ungulates and carnivores), before embarking on a career in marine science. His research interests extend beyond the marine realm to: the evolution of social behavior and mating systems in mammals, the role of individual fitness in population viability and adaptation, and the application of ancient DNA (aDNA) technology to ecosystem and evolutionary questions. He is formerly a research scientist at NOAA and adjunct Professor at San Diego State University, and is currently Research Professor at Florida Atlantic University.


Sarah E. Rodgers, Research Coordinator

Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, Florida Atlantic University


Sarah’s research focuses on the discovery of how populations function in a changing world by using innovative biomolecular technology and cross disciplinary techniques both in the laboratory and the field.  Sarah completed her B.Sc. in Marine Biology at Texas A&M University at Galveston and her M.Sc. in Biological Sciences at Florida Atlantic University. Her career has focused on conducting multidisciplinary research on aquatic animals from sea turtles to sea lions, most recently delving into the past working on extracting mammoth and mastodon DNA from historic Florida remains. She was formerly a biological scientist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, a research biologist for Ecological Associates Inc., and is currently the Coordinator of Research Programs for the Population Biology and Behavioral Ecology Program at FAU’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute.




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