Incorporating genetic sampling in long-term monitoring and adaptive management in the San Diego County Management Strategic Plan Area, Southern California

Open-File Report 2017-1061
Prepared for San Diego Association of Governments
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Abstract

Habitat and species conservation plans usually rely on monitoring to assess progress towards conservation goals. Southern California, USA, is a hotspot of biodiversity and home to many federally endangered and threatened species. Here, several regional multi-species conservation plans have been implemented to balance development and conservation goals, including in San Diego County. In the San Diego County Management Strategic Plan Area (MSPA), a monitoring framework for the preserve system has been developed with a focus on species monitoring, vegetation monitoring, threats monitoring and abiotic monitoring. Genetic sampling over time (genetic monitoring) has proven useful in gathering species presence and abundance data and detecting population trends, particularly related to species and threats monitoring objectives. This report reviews genetic concepts and techniques of genetics that relate to monitoring goals and outlines components of a genetic monitoring scheme that could be applied in San Diego or in other monitoring frameworks throughout the Nation.

Suggested Citation

Vandergast, A.G., 2017, Incorporating genetic sampling in long-term monitoring and adaptive management in the San Diego County Management Strategic Plan Area, southern California: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2017-1061, 32 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20171061.

ISSN: 2331-1258 (online)

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Table of Contents

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Brief Review of Current Genetic Data Collection and Analysis Methods
  • Population Genetic Parameters Useful for Monitoring
  • Detection—Environmental DNA and Genetic Mark-Recapture
  • Incorporating Genetic Monitoring into a Strategic Monitoring Plan
  • Conclusions
  • References Cited
  • Glossary
  • Appendix A

Additional publication details

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Incorporating genetic sampling in long-term monitoring and adaptive management in the San Diego County Management Strategic Plan Area, Southern California
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 2017-1061
DOI 10.3133/ofr20171061
Year Published 2017
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Western Ecological Research Center
Description iv, 34 p.
Country United States
State California
Other Geospatial San Diego County Management Strategic Plan Area
Online Only (Y/N) Y