Phylogenetics, phylogeography and population genetics of North American sea ducks (tribe: Mergini)

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Abstract

Many environments occupied by North American sea ducks are remote and difficult to access, and as a result, detailed information about life history characteristics that drive population dynamics within and across species is limited. Nevertheless, progress on this front during the past several decades has benefited by the application of genetic technologies, and for several species, these technologies have allowed for concomitant tracking of population trends and genetic diversity, delineation of populations, assessment of gene flow among metapopulations, and understanding of migratory connectivity between breeding and wintering grounds. This chapter provides an overview of phylogenetic, phylogeographic, and population genetics studies of North American sea duck species, many of which have sought to understand the major and minor genetic divisions within and among sea duck species, and most of which have been conducted with the understanding that the maintenance of genetic variation in wild sea duck populations is fundamental to the group’s long-term persistence.

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Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Phylogenetics, phylogeography and population genetics of North American sea ducks (tribe: Mergini)
Chapter 2
ISBN 9781482248975
Volume 46
Year Published 2015
Language English
Publisher CRC Press
Publisher location Boca Raton, FL
Contributing office(s) Alaska Science Center Biology WTEB
Description 34 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Monograph
Larger Work Title Ecology and conservation of North American sea ducks; Studies in Avian Biology v. 46
First page 29
Last page 62
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N