NCEAS Project 10741

Elucidating marine dispersal with population genetics: A simulation approach with case studies on the Northwest Hawaiian Islands and the Pacific coasts of Baja and Southern California (Hosted by NCEAS)

  • Kimberly A. Selkoe

ActivityDatesFurther Information
Center Associate21st September 2005—30th September 2012Participant List  

Our basic understanding of marine population ecology and our ability to successfully manage ocean resources depend on a better understanding of marine larval dispersal. I am interested in evaluating and improving population genetic approaches to estimating dispersal characteristics of coastal marine populations. While the number of empirical studies of genetic structure continues to increase, our methods to translate these data into estimates of dispersal distances and rates remain simplistic and imprecise. In my NCEAS Center Associate position and with funding from the Hawaiian Institute of Marine Biology, I will explore new statistical and simulation approaches to population genetic analysis with case studies for two regions: the Northwest Hawaiian Islands Marine Monument, and the adjacent coastal systems of Baja, Mexico and Southern California, USA. My other areas of focus include 1) local outreach and academic research on sustainability in the seafood industry and 2) evaluating and mapping human impacts to marine ecosystems.

TypeProducts of NCEAS Research
Journal Article Selkoe, Kimberly A.; Gaines, Steven D.; Caselle, Jennifer E.; Warner, Robert R. 2006. Current shifts and kin aggregation explain genetic patchiness in fish recruits. Ecology. Vol: 87(12). Pages 3082-3094.
Journal Article Selkoe, Kimberly A.; Toonen, Robert J. 2006. Microsatellites for ecologists: a practical guide to using and evaluating microsatellite markers. Ecology Letters. Vol: 9. Pages 615-629. (Online version)
Journal Article Selkoe, Kimberly A.; Vogel, Augustus; Gaines, Steven D. 2007. Effects of ephemeral circulation on recruitment and connectivity of nearshore fish populations spanning Southern and Baja California. Vol: 351. Pages 209-220. (Online version)
Journal Article Selkoe, Kimberly A.; Halpern, Benjamin S.; Toonen, Robert J. 2008. Evaluating anthropogenic threats to the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Aquatic Conservation-Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems. Vol: 18(7). Pages 1149 - 1165.
Journal Article Selkoe, Kimberly A.; Henzler, Christine; Gaines, Steven D. 2008. Seascape genetics and the spatial ecology of marine populations. Vol: 9. Pages 363-377. (Online version)
Journal Article Selkoe, Kimberly A.; Watson, James R.; White, Crow; Ben-Horin, Tal; Iacchei, Matthew; Mitarai, Satoshi; Siegel, David A.; Gaines, Steven D.; Toonen, Robert J. 2010. Taking the chaos out of genetic patchiness: seascape genetics reveals ecological and oceanographic drivers of genetic patterns in three temperate reef species. Vol: 19. Pages 3708-3726. (Online version)
Journal Article Selkoe, Kimberly A.; Toonen, Robert J. 2011. Marine connectivity: A new look at pelagic larval duration and genetic metrics of dispersal. Marine Ecology Progress Series. Vol: 436. Pages 291-305.
Journal Article White, Crow; Selkoe, Kimberly A.; Watson, James R.; Siegel, David A.; Zacherl, Danielle C.; Toonen, Robert J. 2010. Ocean currents help explain population genetic structure. Vol: 277. Pages 1685-1694. (Online version)