Conservation genetics and species recovery

Endangered Species Bulletin
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Abstract

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.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Conservation genetics and species recovery
Series title Endangered Species Bulletin
Edition 57
Volume 33
Issue 3
Year Published 2008
Language English
Publisher U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Contributing office(s) Western Ecological Research Center
Description 3 p.
First page 59