February 9 2011

12:00 LSB 2320

This seminar is sponsored by Dept of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and the Institute of the Environment & Sustainability

H. Bradley Shaffer
Department of Evolution and Ecology, UC Davis

UCLA 2011: Genetics, genomics, and ecology: Making population biology relevant to conservation in California


Transforming basic research in ecology, evolution and genetics into concrete endangered species management is one of the most elusive goals of conservation biology, particularly in economically valuable landscapes like California. For two decades, our lab has conducted detailed field and laboratory studies of the California tiger salamander, an endemic species that has declined throughout its range and is now federally and state-protected. By bringing landscape genetics, field ecology, phylogeography, and population genomics to the bargaining table, the California tiger salamander has emerged as one of the best understood, and best protected amphibians in the state; it also serves as a model of how basic science can inform endangered species management. In this seminar, I will discuss some of our recent work on the salamander in light of future challenges, both biological and political, for the salamander and the endangered landscapes it inhabits. Finally, I will briefly discuss some broad-scale opportunities for multi-species conservation genetics and genomics in Southern California.















































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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