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Evolutionary Genetics of Life Histories and Cryptic Behaviors

Molecular Evolutionary Genetics


The molecular evolutionary genetics TG uses a variety of cutting edge tools including next generation sequencing, bioinformatics and molecular markers to understand obscure aspects of organisms that cannot be indentified using ecology alone. Topics covered under this group include evolutionary ecology, population genetics, immunogenetics, sexual selection, conservation biology, management/restoration, etc. Many of the groups study a range of organisms, including plants, insects and animals. Genetics allow researchers to explore further into the underpinnings of how populations and organisms have changed over time, and thus use this knowledge to help manage and conserve species for the future.

Collared peccary in Costa Rica.
Collared peccary in Costa Rica.

Banner-tailed Kangaroo Rat in Southeast Arizona
Banner-tailed Kangaroo Rat in Southeast Arizona.

Related Publications

Busch J.D., Waser P.M. & DeWoody J.A. (2009) The influence of density and sex on patterns of fine-scale genetic structure. Evolution 63:2302-2314.

Hale M.C., Jackson J.R. & DeWoody J.A. (2010) Discovery and evaluation of candidate sex-determining genes and xenobiotics in the gonads of lake sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens). Genetica 138:745-756. DOI: 10.1007/s10709-010-9455-y

Cooper J.D., Waser P., Gopurenko D., Hellgren E., Gabor T. & DeWoody J.A. (2010) Measuring sex-biased dispersal in social mammals: comparisons of nuclear and mitochondrial genes in collared peccaries. Journal of Mammalogy 91:1413-1424.

Eo S.H., Doyle J.M. & DeWoody J.A. (2011) Genetic diversity in birds is associated with body mass and habitat type. Journal of Zoology 283:220-226.

J.A DeWoody, J.W. Bickham, C. Michler, K. Nichols, O.E. Rhodes, and K. Woeste (eds.)Molecular approaches in natural resource conservation. (2010) Cambridge University Press, 392 pp. ISBN 978-0-521-51564-1 Hardback. For a description, click here.

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