Applied Ecological Genetics

The field of Applied Ecological Genetics is interdisciplinary in nature and exists at the interface of the disciplines of ecology, conservation biology and genetics. It emphasizes the use of genetic tools and concepts to address applied problems in the ecological sciences, including those pertaining to the conservation, management and genetic improvement of wild species. Research conducted by PICES participants working in this field of study is vital to our advancement of science on a number of fronts, including 1) understanding the genetic implications of climate change; 2) elucidating and conserving functional components of biodiversity at multiple spatial scales; 3) predicting the effects of habitat degradation on species persistence and ecosystem function; 4) development of strategies for recovering and maintaining threatened and endangered species; 5) developing genetically-modified organisms of significant economic importance that are physiologically adapted to predicted biotic and abiotic challenges associated with climate change; 6) enhanced management of wild species inhabiting increasingly human-dominated landscapes and 7) basic research on evolutionary mechanisms underlying the processes of species adaptation to environmental change.



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