The ultimate goal of recovery programmes is to ensure threatened species have sufficient genetic diversity to adapt to environmental change. For the recovery programmes of the almost 400 threatened species around the globe captive bred for translocation to the wild, the most common question asked is: How can we choose the ‘best’ individuals for captive pairing to maximise genetic diversity? The majority of captive breeding for translocation programmes struggle to use existing methods...
Christchurch, New Zealand
Joined this community on Sep 9, 2015
Bio I am a Senior Lecturer in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Canterbury. I lead an interdisciplinary research programme that focuses on the biological processes that contribute to the formation and maintenance of species boundaries, particularly in threatened birds. I develop evidence-based conservation genetic management recommendations in collaboration with the Department of Conservation that are routinely incorporated into threatened species recovery programmes. I recently expanded my expertise to include comparative bird genomics.
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