U of I Researchers Publish Paper on Genetic Diversity in Wolves
August 20, 2020
A study by University of Idaho researchers David E. Ausband and Lisette P. Waits that examines the effect of hunting on the genetic diversity of wolf populations was recently published in Molecular Ecology. The paper — titled “Does harvest affect genetic diversity in grey wolves?” — showed that hunting — because it creates opportunities for wolves to immigrate into nearby groups and breed — could make groups in subpopulations more related over time. Harvesting wolves, the authors learned, appears to affect genetic diversity at the group and population levels.
Waits, a distinguished professor of wildlife resources, is the department head of Fish and Wildlife Sciences in U of I’s College of Natural Resources. Ausband is assistant unit leader at the college’s Idaho Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit.
Molecular Ecology publishes papers that utilize molecular genetic techniques to address consequential questions in ecology, evolution, behavior and conservation.
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