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Monday, January 25 • 10:20am - 10:40am
Markers, Methods, and Applications of Genetic Data Applied To The Management of Fish and Wildlife Populations

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AUTHORS: Kim Scribner*, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife and Department of Zoology, Michigan State University; Andrew Mahon, Institute for Great Lakes Research, Department of Biology, Central Michigan University

ABSTRACT: Recent advances in areas of genomics and statistical methodologies that utilize molecular genetic data provide important information that can be used by fish and wildlife managers to more effectively manage fish and wildlife populations. Managers require information on population abundance, levels of natural recruitment and whether abundance is associated with local reproduction or immigration or emigration, and aspects of the physical and biotic environment that affect population processes. This presentation introduces fisheries and wildlife biologists to general topics covered in the symposium. We provide an overview of the importance of evolutionary theory to applied resource management, with particular emphasis on anthropogenically altered terrestrial and aquatic systems. We introduce empirical data collection methods and contract traditional fish and wildlife collection methods with innovative sampling methods that employ genetic markers. We introduce sub disciplines of quantitative, molecular and population genetics. We will highlight general applications that will be developed in detail by speakers in the symposium. Examples demonstrate how genetic tools are being used to acquire data at population, community and larger landscape scales that provide unprecedented resolution to understand fundament behavioral, ecological and demographic aspects of fish and wildlife species that provide facilitate more informed stewardship of fish and wildlife resources.

Monday January 25, 2016 10:20am - 10:40am EST