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A new way to look at winter footprints

FS News Posted on: November 26, 2018
An innovative new project has discovered that animal footprints contain enough DNA to allow for species identification. Scientists have traditionally relied on snow-tracks and camera traps to monitor populations of rare carnivores, like Canada lynx, fishers and wolverines. These traditional techniques can tell part of, but not the entire story of an animal population, and are sometimes difficult to validate species identification. 

Molecular genetic approaches toward understanding forest-associated fungi and their interactive roles within forest ecosystems

Publications Posted on: August 02, 2018
Purpose of Review The continued, rapid development of novel molecular genetic tools is contributing to a better understanding of forest-associated fungi and their interactive roles within diverse forest ecosystems.

Molecular genetic approaches toward understanding forest-associated fungi and their interactive roles within forest ecosystems

Publications Posted on: July 10, 2018
Purpose of Review: The continued, rapid development of novel molecular genetic tools is contributing to a better understanding of forest-associated fungi and their interactive roles within diverse forest ecosystems.

Environmental factors found to control trout hybridization

FS News Posted on: November 10, 2016
Anglers and conservationists can rest easier knowing that scientists have just identified ways to locate and preserve genetically pure westslope cutthroat trout populations into the future. A new study released today provides quantitative estimates of which specific environmental factors, such as stream size and temperature, affect the distribution of cutthroat trout and their hybrids with rainbow trout.

Genomics and the challenging translation into conservation practice

Publications Posted on: October 07, 2015
The global loss of biodiversity continues at an alarming rate. Genomic approaches have been suggested as a promising tool for conservation practice as scaling up to genome-wide data can improve traditional conservation genetic inferences and provide qualitatively novel insights.

Evaluating gene flow among core breeding areas of greater sage-grouse

Projects Posted on: May 20, 2015
The greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) is a species of conservation concern, an icon of sage-steppe ecotypes, and a sentinel for ecological integrity of shrub-grassland communities. Researchers are investigating greater sage-grouse genetic variation, population structure, and population connectivity to prioritize the importance of sage-grouse leks. The research from the Genomics Center will allow managers to evaluate how disturbances at individual leks influence the overall connectivity of the breeding network.

Bioinformatics and quantitative analyses using genetic and genomic data: Applications for National Forest System lands

Projects Posted on: April 14, 2015
Bioinformatics and new statistical models for quantitative analyses using genetic and genomic data provide innovative approaches for the study of wildlife species, especially species of special concern for the U.S. National Forest System.

National Genomics Center for Wildlife and Fish Conservation

Media Gallery Posted on: April 10, 2015
The National Genomics Center for Wildlife and Fish Conservation is a leading edge facility for advanced genomics research, developing new tools and techniques to help managers conserve natural resources.

Grand challenges in evolutionary and population genetics: The importance of integrating epigenetics, genomics, modeling, and experimentation

Publications Posted on: September 30, 2014
This is a time of explosive growth in the fields of evolutionary and population genetics, with whole genome sequencing and bioinformatics driving a transformative paradigm shift (Morozova and Marra, 2008). At the same time, advances in epigenetics are thoroughly transforming our understanding of evolutionary processes and their implications for populations, species and communities (Callinan and Feinberg, 2006).

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