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Aug 082012
 

Lisette WaitsAssociate Professor
Fish & Wildlife Resources

(208) 885-7823
lwaits@uidaho.edu

 

 

Biography

Dr. Lisette Waits received a BS in Genetics from the University of Georgia and a PhD in Genetics from the University of Utah. Lisette’s research is focused on conservation genetics. More specifically her research encompasses landscape genetics, molecular ecology and molecular systematics of a variety of species including large carnivores like wolverines, gray wolves, cougars, red wolves, Andean bears, brown bears, jaguars as well as other species of conservation concern like pygmy rabbits, spotted frogs and sage grouse. more info

CRISSP Classes

(click on the link below for more information)

Wlf 540: Conservation Genetics

 August 8, 2012
Aug 082012
 

Steve NovakAssociate Professor of Population Ecology
Biological Sciences
Boise State University

 

208-426-3548
snovak@boisestate.edu

Biography

Dr. Steve Novak received a BS in Environmental Science from Johnson State College, a MS in Plant Pathology from the University of Massachusetts, and a PhD in Botany from Washington State University. Steve’s research is focus on plant population ecology and evolutionary biology; investigations of the factors that influence the level and structure of genetic variation: introduction events, founder effects, gene flow, and mating systems; polyploid speciation and ecological consequences of polyploidy. more info

 August 8, 2012
Aug 082012
 

Ted KishaPlant Geneticist
USDA Agricultural Research Service Western Region Plant Introduction Station

(509) 335-6898
theodore.kisha@ars.usda.gov

 

Biography

Dr. Ted Kisha received a BA in Chemistry from Hiram College, a MS in Agronomy from Montana State University, and a PhD in Plant Breeding and Genetics from Michigan State University. Ted is the plant geneticist for the USDA ARS Western Region Plant Introduction Station which is part of the overall National Plant Germplasm system. Ted’s research focuses on using molecular markers to characterize the genetic diversity of accessions within his collection. More recently he has been analyzing populations from the Great basin of several native species, including Allium acuminatum and Lomatium dissectum and will continue on more species in the future. more info

CRISSP Research

Ted is currently working on research related to Lepidium papiliferum with Dr. Cort Anderson and Dr. Steve Bunting.

 August 8, 2012
Aug 072012
 
Idaho Ground Squirrel

Idaho Ground Squirrel

Title: Population Connectivity and Landscape Genetics of the Idaho Ground Squirrel
Student: Jessica Hoisington
Department: Fish & Wildlife Resources

Project summary

Both the northern Idaho ground squirrel (NIDGS) and southern Idaho ground squirrel (SIDGS) are considered species of great conservation need. The northern Idaho ground squirrel is listed as an endangered subspecies while the southern Idaho ground squirrel is a candidate for listing under the Endangered Species Act. Both species have undergone population declines due to habitat loss and fragmentation.

An important aspect of Idaho ground squirrel ecology and conservation is evaluating gene flow between isolated populations by identifying how habitat features influence these species movement patterns. We investigated the effects of different landscape features on gene flow for both the NIDGS and SIDGS using several genetic analyses.

We found that landscape features such as elevation, vegetation types, rivers, and slopes did not limit gene flow for NIDGS, however the SIDGS had gene flow limited by the Weiser River suggesting that this landscape feature was an effective barrier to ground squirrel movement. Overall, our results suggest that there is greater connectivity among Idaho ground squirrel populations than indicated in previous studies.

For more information, email the PI: Dr. Lisette Waits

 August 7, 2012
Aug 072012
 

Landscape Genetics Graduate Research ProjectTitle: Comparison of Methods for Sampling and Analyzing Spatial Structures in Landscape Genetics
Student: Niko Balkenhol
Department: Fish & Wildlife Resources

Project Summary:

Landscape genetics is a new and interdisciplinary research area that aims at detecting landscape influences on genetic diversity and structure. The number of landscape genetics studies is increasing rapidly, but most of the methods used for analyzing landscape genetic data have not been compared or evaluated.

In our project, we are evaluating the different analytical approaches using simulated data, and develop guidelines for optimal sampling and analysis. We are also analyzing various empirical data sets from Mongolian gazelles & wolves, cougars, etc.

In addition, we are collaborating with faculty members from other departments and colleges in interdisciplinary teaching efforts, and have given several landscape genetics workshops at international conferences.

For more information, email the Principle Investigator (PI): Dr. Lisette Waits

 August 7, 2012
Aug 072012
 

Cort AndersonResearch Assistant Professor of Conservation Genetics
Laboratory Manager
Laboratory for Ecological, Evolutionary, and Conservation Genetics
Wildlife Resources
CRISSP Co-Director

 

(208) 885-8914
cla@uidaho.edu

Biography

Dr. Cort Anderson received a BA in Biology from the University of Chicago and a PhD in Biology from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Cort’s research is focused on molecular genetics and evolution specific to conservation and invasion biology. He is the manager for the Laboratory for Conservation and Ecological Genetics where he provides assistance and advice to students and faculty. more info

CRISSP Classes

Invasion Biology

Collaborations

Aquatic Invasive Species Taskforce
Idaho Invasive Species Council

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