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dc.contributor.supervisor Burg, Theresa M.
dc.contributor.author Adams, Rachael V.
dc.date.accessioned 2015-04-29T21:55:13Z
dc.date.available 2015-04-29T21:55:13Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10133/3667
dc.description.abstract Understanding landscape influences on the spatial distribution of genetic variation in species is necessary for their successful conservation and preservation. This study investigated both rangewide and fine-scale patterns of population genetic structure of a small resident passerine to North America, the black-capped chickadee (Poecile atricapillus). Microsatellite data revealed high levels of genetic differentiation across their geographical range, particularly in the west resulting from a combination of historical (e.g., glaciers) and contemporary (e.g., mountains) barriers. Cryptic genetic structure was also observed at smaller spatial scales. Populations in British Columbia are genetically isolated owing to its highly complex landscape, with gene flow restricted to low elevation valleys with sufficient forest cover. In southern Alberta, not only is gene flow restricted to riparian corridors but it is also influenced by natural/ anthropogenic breaks within these continuous linear features as well as ecological zonation, suggesting that chickadees are dependent on habitat quality for dispersal. en_US
dc.language.iso en_CA en_US
dc.publisher Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Dept. of Biological Sciences en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Thesis (University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science) en_US
dc.subject black-capped chickadee en_US
dc.subject British Columbia en_US
dc.subject landscape influences en_US
dc.subject southern Alberta en_US
dc.subject species genetic variations en_US
dc.title Landscape genetics of a North American songbird, the black-capped chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Arts and Science en_US
dc.publisher.department Department of Biological Sciences en_US
dc.degree.level Ph.D en_US
dc.proquest.subject 0369 en_US
dc.proquest.subject 0329 en_US
dc.proquest.subject 0472 en_US
dc.proquestyes Yes en_US


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