Rare genetic variants for species of conservation concern

Elizabeth Mandeville (IB)

Genomic analyses are transforming conservation and management of imperilled species. At the same time, we are also learning more about the allele frequency spectrum, and how alleles of different frequency might have different evolutionary histories. Rare genetic variants - those shared by a very small number of individuals - are more likely to be geographically local and of recent origin. Because of this, it is likely that these variants contain information useful for conservation of threatened species or the management of introduced species. In this project, we will explore rare variants in existing genomic datasets for species of conservation concern (previously collected by Dr. Mandeville), and identify how analyses based on these rare variants influence our perceptions of conservation strategies aimed at the species of interest. This project will include opportunity for authorship on a peer reviewed paper.