Developing and Evaluating Methods in Conservation Genetics
We use genetics and genomics as a tool for understanding population demographics and adaptation in the framework of both historical and recent changes to climate and habitat. By applying genetic theory, our research provides information on evolutionary history and contemporary genetic variation to help identify conservation methods for sustaining population in the wild.
Our work uses genomic methods to understand the population demographics, adaptation, diet, and invasiveness of Spotted Owls and Barred Owls. We currently focus on the population genetics of all three Spotted Owl subspecies and the invasion pathway, adaptation, and diet of the Barred Owl.
1) Population demographics of Spotted Owls
2) Invasion pathway of Barred Owls
3) Dispersal of Barred Owls in the Pacific Northwest
4) Diet of Barred Owls in their native and invasive range