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dc.contributor.supervisor Burg, Theresa M.
dc.contributor.author Prill, Marie M.
dc.contributor.author University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science
dc.date.accessioned 2019-07-08T16:21:34Z
dc.date.available 2019-07-08T16:21:34Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10133/5447
dc.description.abstract Levels of gene flow among populations have a critical role in evolution and are affected by geographic, ecological, and behavioural barriers. Reductions in gene flow lead to population genetic structure. Seabirds have high potential for gene flow but, can show spatial genetic structure. Using molecular techniques, I examined levels of population genetic structure in rhinoceros auklets. I examined 424 individuals from 18 breeding colonies from Japan to California. Results from ten microsatellite markers showed significant genetic differentiation among and between North Pacific Ocean metapopulations. Isolation by distance, foraging segregation, site fidelity, oceanic conditions, and divergent breeding times are suggested to promote genetic differentiation for rhinoceros auklets. Using a population genetic approach, I tested if assignment tests could identify the genetic origin of rhinoceros auklets found at sea. From 124 birds of the eastern North Pacific Ocean, our research indicates assignment tests are limited with the current set of microsatellites. en_US
dc.language.iso en 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 gene flow barriers en_US
dc.subject genetic differentiation en_US
dc.subject molecular markers en_US
dc.subject movement barriers en_US
dc.subject rhinoceros auklets en_US
dc.subject seascape genetics en_US
dc.subject Dissertations, Academic en_US
dc.title Population genetics of rhinoceros auklets throughout the North Pacific Ocean 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 0306 en_US
dc.proquest.subject 0369 en_US
dc.proquestyes Yes en_US
dc.embargo No en_US


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