Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Conservation Breeding and Livestock Genetics: In Memory of Andrew Sheppy FLS

The Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BF, United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 7434 4479 EXT 211

DAY MEETING 09:30–17:00 Friday 23 February 2018

Modern Langshan Black Male
Image © Philippe Wilson

In memory of Andrew Sheppy FLS, the Linnean Society is organising a trans/inter-disciplinary meeting covering his research and academic interests. Talks and presentations will feature work on livestock conservation, genetics and genomics, phylogeny, and bioinformatics. This symposium will be of interest to a wide range of biologists ranging from molecular and structural themes through to conservation and physiology.


Libby Henson (Grassroots PR)

Dr Rex Walters FLS (Livestock Genetics Ltd.; British Pig Assoc.)

Dr Tim Bray (Bristol Zoo)

Rupika Gulati (De Montfort University) [PhD Student of Philippe Wilson]

Tom Beeston (Chief Executive Officer, Rare Breeds Survival Trust)

Dr Phil Sponenberg (Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine) [Keynote]

Dr Richard Small (Liverpool John Moores University)

Dr Aylwyn Scally (University of Cambridge)

Dr Christine Ashton (Indian Runner Duck Club)

Organisers: Dr Philippe B. Wilson FLS [Chair], Dr Tim Bray and Dr Rex Walters FLS


The importance of pedigree in livestock breeding – Libby Henson

The genetic conservation of pig breeds, with special reference to the Oxford Sandy and Black – Dr Rex Walters, FLS

Farm to Forest: conservation genetics of domestic animals and captive populations – Dr Tim Bray

Uncovering the secrets of the eggshell: answering the age-old question – Rupika Gulati

Conservation Breeding and Livestock Genetics: Is the UK achieving its goals? – Tom Beeston

Conservation Genetics – Theory meets Field – Dr Phil Sponenberg

Conservation Grazing – delivering habitat management for conservation with native breeds – Dr Richard Small

  • The full programme and abstracts can be found here.
  • Registration will include lunch, refreshments and a wine reception. 

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