NCEAS Project 12358

Developing best practices for testing landscape effects on gene flow: Distributed Graduate Seminar

  • Helene H. Wagner
  • Lisette Waits

ActivityDatesFurther Information
Meeting23rd—26th March 2009Participant List  
Meeting24th—28th May 2010Participant List  

A key objective of landscape genetics is to study how landscape modification and habitat fragmentation affect organism dispersal and gene flow across the landscape. Landscape genetics requires highly interdisciplinary, yet specialized professionals, and makes intensive use of spatial analysis tools such as remote sensing, GIS software and spatial statistics that have not historically been a component of training programs for population geneticists. Even when students receive disciplinary training in several of the involved fields of landscape genetics, educational programs lack the necessary linkage and synthesis among disciplines. This linkage can only be accomplished after experts from each discipline work together to develop guiding principles for this new research area. This proposed distributed graduate seminar unites some of the most active landscape genetics groups in North America and Europe, drawing on the experience of experts both in population genetics and landscape ecology with the goal of providing an integrated overview of approaches for testing the effect of landscape pattern on dispersal and gene flow, a key topic of landscape genetics. Each seminar will start with a video-taped lecture that introduces foundations and methods and highlights points for discussion in local seminar groups. Practical experience applying various methods to selected cases studies will be provided through a combination of computer labs, interpretation of sample output, and paper discussions. Student groups across universities will focus on a specific step in the data collection and analysis process, evaluating the consequences of different choices of methods and deriving recommendations when to use which method, with each group project leading to a scientific publication. The main goal of the synthesis meeting is to discuss how consequences of methodological choices propagate to later steps in the analysis, leading to a joint publication of best practices for testing landscape effects on gene flow.

TypeProducts of NCEAS Research
Journal Article Blair, Christopher; Weigel, Dana; Balazik, Matthew; Keeley, Annika T.H.; Walker, Faith M.; Landguth, Erin L.; Cushman, Samuel A.; Murphy, Melanie A.; Waits, Lisette; Balkenhol, Niko. 2012. A simulation-based evaluation of methods for inferring linear barriers to gene flow. Molecular Ecology Resources. Vol: 12. Pages 822-833. (Online version)
Journal Article Bothwell, Helen; Bisbing, Sarah; Therkildsen, Nina Overgaard; Crawford, Lindsay; Alvarez, Nadir; Holderegger, Rolf; Manel, Stephanie. 2012. Identifying genetic signatures of selection in a non-model species, alpine gentian (Gentiana nivalis L.), using a landscape genetic approach. Conservation Genetics. Pages 1-15. (Online version)
Dissertation or Thesis Buehler, Dominique. 2011. Adaptive genetic variation and gene flow potential in the alpine plant Arabis alpina. University of Zurich. Pages 124.
Journal Article Graves, Tabitha A.; Wasserman, Tzeidle; Ribeiro, Milton Cezar; Landguth, Erin L.; Spear, Stephen; Balkenhol, Niko; Higgins, Colleen; Fortin, Marie-Josée; Cushman, Samuel A.; Waits, Lisette. 2012. The influence of landscape characteristics and home-range size on the quantification of landscape-genetics relationships. Vol: 27(2). Pages 253-266. (Online version)
Journal Article Holderegger, Rolf; Buehler, Dominique; Gugerli, Felix; Manel, Stephanie. 2010. Landscape genetics of plants. Trends in Planet Science. Vol: 15(12). Pages 675-683. (Online version)
Journal Article Landguth, Erin L.; Fedy, Bradley; Oyler-McCance, Sara J.; Garey, Andrew L.; Emel, Sarah; Mumma, Matthew; Wagner, Helene H.; Fortin, Marie-Josée; Cushman, Samuel A. 2012. Effects of sample size, number of markers, and allelic richness on the detection of spatial genetic pattern. Molecular Ecology Resources. Vol: 12(2). Pages 276-284. (Online version)
Journal Article Landguth, Erin L.; Balkenhol, Niko. 2012. Relative sensitivity of neutral versus adaptive genetic data for assessing population differentiation. Conservation Genetics. Vol: 13. Pages 1421-1426. (Online version)
Presentations Naujokaitis-Lewis, Ilona; Rico, Yessica; Lovell, John; Fortin, Marie-Josée; Murphy, Melanie A. 2011. Testing network theory assumptions with empirical data: Sensitivity analysis of spatial landscape genetic network models. US-IALE Symposium, Portland Oregon, 6 April 2011.
Journal Article Naujokaitis-Lewis, Ilona; Rico, Yessica; Lovell, John; Fortin, Marie-Josée; Murphy, Melanie A. 2012. Implications of incomplete networks on estimation of landscape genetic connectivity. Conservation Genetics. Pages 1-12. (Online version)
Journal Article Oyler-McCance, Sara J.; Fedy, Bradley; Landguth, Erin L. 2012. Sample design effects in landscape genetics. Conservation Genetics. Pages 1-11. (Online version)
Journal Article Rico, Yessica; Juergen Boehmer, Hans; Wagner, Helene H. 2012. Determinants of actual functional connectivity for calcareous grassland communities linked by rotational sheep grazing. Landscape Ecology. Vol: 27(2). Pages 199-209. (Online version)
Journal Article Wagner, Helene H.; Fortin, Marie-Josée. 2012. A conceptual framework for the spatial analysis of landscape genetic data. Conservation Genetics. Pages 1-9. (Online version)
Journal Article Wagner, Helene H.; Murphy, Melanie A.; Holderegger, Rolf; Waits, Lisette. 2012. Developing an interdisciplinary, distributed graduate course for twenty-first century scienctists. BioScience. Vol: 62(2). Pages 182-188. (Online version)