NCEAS Project 12140

Genetic monitoring: Development of tools for conservation and management

  • Fred W. Allendorf
  • Michael K. Schwartz

ActivityDatesFurther Information
Working Group10th—14th March 2008Participant List  
Working Group24th—27th February 2009Participant List  

Genetic monitoring has the potential to become a valuable tool for the management and conservation of populations. Recent rapid advances in molecular genetic techniques make it relatively easy and inexpensive to quantify temporal changes in the genetics of populations over tens or even hundreds of years. However, it is currently unknown under what circumstances genetic monitoring would provide valuable information or what genetic data are required for effective genetic monitoring. We propose a working group that will address these issues in order to provide guidance for resource managers and policy makers. We will also evaluate the potential for using genetic monitoring of candidate genes likely to be affected by climate change and other forms of stress in order to understand evolutionary responses to environmental changes. The results of this working group will be rigorous and practical guidelines for the design of genetic monitoring strategies and should lead to improved assessments of population trends and evolutionary processes.

TypeProducts of NCEAS Research
Presentations Allendorf, Fred W. 2007. Monitoring genetic change in natural populations. Ecological Society of Australia, Annual Meeting, November 2007. Perth, Western Australia.
Presentations Allendorf, Fred W. 2010. Genetic monitoring of natural populations. Recent Advances in Conservation Genetics, February 2010. White Oak, Florida.
Presentations Allendorf, Fred W. 2011. An introduction to genetic monitoring. British Antarctic Survey. Cambridge, UK.
Presentations Allendorf, Fred W. 2011. Genetic monitoring, the wildlife point of view. GLOBALDIV Workshop. Lausanne, Switzerland.
Journal Article Hansen, Michael M.; Fraser, Dylan J.; Meier, Kristian; Mensberg, Karen-Lise D. 2009. Sixty years of anthropogenic pressure: A spatio-temporal genetic analysis of brown trout populations subject to stocking and population declines. Molecular Ecology. Vol: 18(12). Pages 2549-2562.
Journal Article Hansen, Michael M.; Olivieri, Isabelle M.; Waller, Donald M.; Nielson, E. E. 2012. Monitoring adaptive genetic responses to environmental change. Molecular Ecology. Vol: 21(6). Pages 1311-1329. (Online version)
Journal Article Jackson, Jennifer; Laikre, Linda; Baker, C. Scott; Kendall, Katherine C. 2012. Guidelines for collecting and maintaining archives for genetic monitoring. Conservation Genetics Resources. Vol: 4(2). Pages 527-536.
Journal Article Joost, Stephane; Colli, Licia; Bonin, Aurelie; Biebach, Iris; Allendorf, Fred W.; Hoffmann, Irene; Hanotte, Olivier; Taberlet, Pierre; Consortium, Globaldiv. 2011. Promoting collaboration between livestock and wildlife conservation genetics communities.
Presentations Laikre, Linda. 2009. Who cares about the genes? Genetic diversity is neglected in international conservation policy.. ESF Conservation Genetics Conference. Trondheim.
Journal Article Laikre, Linda; Schwartz, Mark W.; Waples, Robin; Ryman, Nils. 2010. Compromising genetic diversity in the wild: Unmonitored large-scale release of plants and animals. Vol: 25(9). Pages 520-529. (Online version)
Journal Article Laikre, Linda. 2010. Genetic diversity is overlooked in international conservation policy implementation. Conservation Genetics. Vol: 11(2). Pages 349-354.
Journal Article Laikre, Linda; Allendorf, Fred W.; Aroner, Laurel C.; Baker, C. Scott; Gregovitch, Dave; Hansen, Michael M.; Jackson, Jennifer; Kendall, Katherine C.; McKelvey, Kevin S.; Neel, Maile C.; Olivieri, Isabelle M.; Ryman, Nils; Schwartz, Michael K.; Shortbull, Ruth; Stetz, Jeffrey; Tallmon, David; Taylor, Barbara L.; Vojta, Christina; Waller, Donald M.; Waples, Robin. 2010. Neglect of genetic diversity in implementation of the convention on biological diversity. Conservation Biology. Vol: 24(1). Pages 86-88.
Presentations Laikre, Linda. 2010. Targets and indicators for monitoring genetic variation for resilience and future adaptation. . Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity. Nagoya, Japan.
Journal Article Luikart, Gordon; Ryman, Nils; Tallmon, David; Schwartz, Michael K.; Allendorf, Fred W. 2010. Estimation of census and effective population sizes: The increasing usefulness of DNA-based approaches. Conservation Genetics. Vol: 11(2). Pages 355-373.
Journal Article Neel, Maile C.; McKelvey, Kevin S.; Ryman, Nils; Lloyd, Michael W.; Shortbull, Ruth; Allendorf, Fred W.; Schwartz, Michael K.; Waples, Robin. 2013. Estimation of effective population size in continuously distributed populations: There goes the neighborhood. Heredity. Pages 1-11. (Online version)
Journal Article Noel, Florence; Maurice, Sandrine; Mignot, Agnes; Glemin, Sylvain; Carbonell, David; Justy, Fabienne; Guyot, Isabelle; Olivieri, Isabelle M.; Petit, Christophe. 2010. Interaction of climate, demography and genetics: A ten-year study of Brassica insularis, a narrow endemic Mediterranean species. Conservation Genetics. Vol: 11(2). Pages 509-526.
Journal Article Palmé, Anna; Laikre, Linda; Ryman, Nils. 2013. Monitoring reveals two genetically distinct brown trout populations remaining in stable sympatry over 20 years in tiny mountain lakes. Conservation Genetics. Vol: 14. Pages 795-808.
Journal Article Ryman, Nils; Allendorf, Fred W.; Jorde, Per Erik; Laikre, Linda; Hössjers, Ola. 2014. Samples from subdivided populations yield biased estimates of effective size that overestimate the rate of loss of genetic variation. Molecular Ecology Resources. Vol: 14. Pages 87-99.
Presentations Schwartz, Michael K. 2008. Genetic monitoring of carnivores. Grimso Biological Field Station, February 2008. Sweden.
Presentations Schwartz, Michael K. 2009. How well do effective population size estimators reflect changes in abundance. International Marine Conservation Congress, May 2009. Washington D.C..
Dissertation or Thesis Shortbull, Ruth. 2010. The importance of multiple study areas in landscape genetics: The American black bear in the Rocky Mountains. Organismal Biology and Ecology, University of Montana.
Dissertation or Thesis Stetz, Jeffrey. 2008. Monitoring grizzly bear populations with bear rub tree surveys. Wildlife Biology, University of Montana.
Journal Article Stetz, Jeffrey; Kendall, Katherine C.; Vojta, Christina. 2011. Genetic monitoring for managers: A new online resource. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management. Vol: 2(2). Pages 216-219.
Presentations Tallmon, David; Gregovich, Dave; Waples, Robin; Baker, C. Scott; Jackson, Jennifer; Allendorf, Fred W.; Schwartz, Michael K. 2009. When are genetic methods useful to estimate contemporary abundance and population growth?. Society for the Study of Evolution. Moscow.
Journal Article Tallmon, David; Gregovitch, Dave; Waples, Robin; Baker, C. Scott; Jackson, Jennifer; Taylor, Barbara L.; Archer, Eric; Martien, Karen; Allendorf, Fred W.; Schwartz, Michael K. 2010. When are genetic methods useful for estimating contemporary abundance and detecting population trends?. Molecular Ecology Resources. Vol: 10(4). Pages 684-692.
Journal Article Tallmon, David; Waples, Robin; Gregovich, Dave; Schwartz, Michael K. 2012. Detecting population recovery using gametic disequilibrium-based effective population size estimates. Conservation Genetics Resources. Vol: 4(4). Pages 987-989.
Journal Article Waples, Robin; Faulkner, James R. 2009. Modelling evolutionary processes in small populations: Not as ideal as you think. Vol: 18. Pages 1834-1847. (Online version)
Journal Article Waples, Robin; Do, Chi. 2010. Linkage disequilibrium estimates of contemporary Ne using highly variable genetic markers: A largely untapped resource for applied conservation and evolution. Evolutionary Applications. Vol: 3. Pages 244-262.
Journal Article Waples, Robin. 2010. Spatial-temporal stratifications in natural populations and how they affect understanding and estimation of effective population size. Molecular Ecology Resources. Vol: 10(5). Pages 785-796. (Online version)
Journal Article Waples, Robin; England, Phillip R. 2011. Estimating contemporary effective population size on the basis of linkage disequilibrium in the face of migration. Genetics. Vol: 189(2). Pages 633-644. (Online version)