Conservation genetics and species recovery
Recent advances in molecular genetics have proven to be extremely useful in efforts to conserve imperiled species. Genetics data are used to identify appropriate units of management (e.g., populations, metapopulations), effective sizes of breeding populations, population mixing rates, and other variables. These data help managers make decisions about which populations to preserve, whether to move individuals from one site to another, how to breed species most effectively in captivity, and even, in some cases, what taxonomic classification is most appropriate. Many U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Science Centers and Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units have developed capabilities in genetics research. The two case studies that follow illustrate how USGS geneticists are assisting managers in recovering species on the brink.
Additional publication details
|Publication Subtype||Journal Article|
|Title||Conservation genetics and species recovery|
|Series title||Endangered Species Bulletin|
|Publisher||U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service|
|Contributing office(s)||Western Ecological Research Center|