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dc.contributor.supervisor Burg, Theresa M.
dc.contributor.supervisor Iwaniuk, Andrew N.
dc.contributor.author Jensen, Ashley Marie
dc.contributor.author University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science
dc.date.accessioned 2017-11-20T18:02:09Z
dc.date.available 2017-11-20T18:02:09Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10133/4982
dc.description.abstract This study was the first to examine the genetic structure of a widespread game bird, the Ruffed Grouse (Bonasa umbellus). We uncovered multiple factors acting in concert that are likely responsible for mediating contemporary population connectivity in this species. A combination of autosomal intron, mitochondrial, and high-resolution microsatellite markers revealed many populations of Ruffed Grouse are genetically isolated. Furthermore, the addition of landscape genetic methods not only corroborated genetic structure results, but also uncovered compelling evidence that dispersal resistance created by unsuitable habitat is the most important factor mediating population connectivity among the sampled populations. Our data revealed evidence of high elevation mountains acting as dispersal barriers, as well as two corridors creating limited connectivity among populations that are otherwise isolated by the Rocky Mountains. This research may have implications for both our study species and other inhabitants of the early successional forest habitat required by Ruffed Grouse. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship NSERC, ACA en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Lethbridge, Alta. : Universtiy of Lethbridge, Department of Biological Sciences en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Thesis (University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science) en_US
dc.subject landscape genetics en_US
dc.subject wildlife en_US
dc.subject population genetics en_US
dc.subject population ecology en_US
dc.subject biogeography en_US
dc.subject Ruffed grouse--Research en_US
dc.subject Ruffed grouse--Dispersal en_US
dc.subject Ruffed grouse--Effect of habitat modification on en_US
dc.subject Animal population genetics--Research en_US
dc.subject Biogeography en_US
dc.subject Isolating mechanisms en_US
dc.subject Molecular population biology en_US
dc.subject Fragmented landscapes en_US
dc.title Population structure and landscape genetics of western ruffed grouse en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.publisher.faculty Arts and Science en_US
dc.publisher.department Department of Biological Sciences en_US
dc.degree.level Masters en_US
dc.proquest.subject 0329 en_US
dc.proquest.subject 0369 en_US
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dc.embargo No en_US


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