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A Showcase of USGS Genetics and Genomics
Genetics Helping Solve Today's Conservation Issues

U.S. Geological Survey conservation geneticists showcased their science at the Department of the Interior. The media were invited to attend and talk with scientists, listen to short talks, and view poster presentations. For a summary of the showcase, read the USGS Newsroom article Unzipping Wildlife Genes: Genetics Revolutionize Conservation Research (3/09/10).

Announcement/Flyer (1.12 MB, .pdf)

Announcement/flyer

Date and Location

Wednesday, March 10, 2010
10:00AM – 2:00PM
South Interior Building, South Interior Auditorium
1951 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC
Contact: USGS Genetics and Genomics Coordinator, Kay M. Briggs, Phone: 703-648-4046

 

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Agenda (Graphic version, 1.04 MB, .pdf) (Printer-friendly version, 25 KB, .doc)

10:00 AM

Welcome

10:10 – 10:20 AM

Genetic and Genomic Tools for Improving Fish Health
Maureen Purcell, PhD. Washington State

10:35 – 10:45 AM

Population Genetics of Threatened and Invasive Species
Margaret Kellogg Hunter, PhD. Florida

11:00 – 11:10 AM

Using Genetic Data to Assist in the Management of Sage-grouse in Light of Energy Development and Climate Change
Sara Oyler-McCance, PhD. Colorado

11:25 – 11:35 AM

Use of DNA Evidence to Identify Bears Involved in Urban Mauling
Sandra Talbot, PhD. Alaska

11:50 – 12:00 PM

Using Genetic Data to Examine Effects of Wind Turbines on Populations of Three North American Migratory Tree Bat Species
John Switzer, PhD. West Virginia

12:15 – 12:25 PM

Recombinant Oral Vaccine Protects Prairie Dogs Against Plague
Tonie Rocke, PhD. Wisconsin

12:40 – 12:50 PM

Using Landscape Genetics to Assess Habitat Corridors in the Desert Southwest
Amy Vandergast, PhD. California

1:05 -1:15 PM

Genomics as Diagnostic Tools in Environmental Contaminant Studies in Fish
Donald Tillitt, PhD. Missouri

1:30 – 1:40 PM

Using Genetics to Understand Climate Change and the Interseasonal Movement of Birds
Susan Haig, PhD. Oregon

1:50 – 2:00 PM

Using Molecular Biology to Understand the Effects of Pollutants on Wildlife
Natalie Karouna-Renier, PhD. Maryland

Poster Titles (Printer-friendly version, 63 KB, .doc)

Note: An * appearing after a title indicates the research was conducted by scientists from multiple Science Centers and the title will be listed under multiple Centers.  In some cases the research had collaborators from other Federal institutions including USFWS and NOAA and several state agencies and universities.

Alaska Science Center
Anchorage, Alaska
  • Lack of Variation at the Major Histocompatibility Complex Class II DQB Gene in the Kodiak Brown Bear
  • Gene Expression and Physiological Pathology in Sea Otters from the Eastern Pacific Ocean *
Arizona Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
School of Natural Resources, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
  • Conservation genomics for evaluating selection on Arizona's native carnivores
Columbia Environmental Research Center
Columbia, Missouri
  • Gene expression changes in female zebrafish (Danio rerio) brain in response to acute exposure to methylmercury
  • The genomic transcriptional response of female fathead minnows (Pimephales promelas) to an acute exposure to the androgen, 17â-trenbolone (Intersex Fish)
  • Klamath Basin Restoration and Endangered Species: Molecular Characterization of Microbial Communities  *

Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center
Corvalis, Oregon

  • Integrated approaches to understanding avian population (emphasis on piping plover) connectivity throughout the annual cycle

FORT Collins Science Center
Fort Collins, Colorado

  • Using Genetic Data to Assist in the Management of Greater Sage-Grouse
  • Using Genetic Data to Aid in the Management of Gunnison Sage-Grouse
  • Long-term Variation in the Genetics and Nutritional Ecology of White-tailed Ptarmigan: Implications of Climate Change on Alpine Species
  • Using Genetic Data to Assist in the Management of Trumpeter Swans
  • Using Molecular Genetic Markers to Assess Sage-Grouse Taxonomy
  • Molecular Tagging: Methods to Estimate Population Size Using Non-invasive Genetic Sampling
  • Comprehensive genetic analyses reveal evolutionary distinction of the Preble’s meadow jumping mouse (Zapus hudsonius preblei), a subspecies proposed for delisting from the U.S. Endangered Species Act *
Great Lakes Science Center  
Ann Arbor, Michigan and Lake Michigan Ecological Research Station, Porter, Indiana
  • Autochthonous persistence, spatial-temporal, and genetic characterization of Escherichia coli in temperate forest soils of a Great Lakes coastal watershed
  • Fecal indicator bacteria and bacterial pathogens in the Green Alga, Cladophora, along shorelines of the Great Lakes
  • Distinguishing Oriental (Celastrus orbiculatus) and American (C. scandens) Bittersweet Vines Using Both Morphology and Genetics as Tools
  • Molecular Ecology at the Great Lakes Science Center, Ann Arbor MI.
Leetown Science Center
Kearneysville, West Virginia and LSC Field Station: Conte Anadromous Fish Research Center, Turners Falls, MA
  • American ginseng: Genetics and Distribution
  • Expanding Our Knowledge of White Nose Syndrome in the Little Brown Bat (Myotis lucifugus)
  • The use of genetic data to examine the effects of wind turbines on populations of three North American migratory tree bat species
  • Klamath Basin Restoration and Endangered Species: Molecular Characterization of Microbial Communities  *
  • Expression of the putative antimicrobial peptide and iron regulatory hormone hepcidin is reduced by exposure to 17β-estradiol in largemouth bass.
  • Genetic Connectivity of USVI Acropora palmata, ( elkhorn coral), Populations
  • Software to facilitate analysis of eco-evolutionary dynamics using molecular
    markers (LSC Field Sta.: Conte Anadromous Fish Res Ctr, Turners Falls, MA.)
  • Identifying the fundamental unit of management and historical demographic patterns in U.S. Atlantic Coast sturgeons: A genetic perspective
  • A decade of determining the continent-of-origin of Atlantic salmon collected at west Greenland with microsatellite DNA:  A review of the findings and a look at what the future holds for molecular genetic methods of mixed-stock assignment    
  • Assessing Reproductively-Effective Movement of the Northern Snakehead (Channa argus) in the Tidal Potomac River
  • Comprehensive genetic analyses reveal evolutionary distinction of the Preble’s meadow jumping mouse (Zapus hudsonius preblei), a subspecies proposed for delisting from the U.S. Endangered Species Act *
  • Genetic analyses identify prodigious population fragmentation in the endangered Key Largo woodrat (Neotoma floridana smalli)
  • Regional Genetic Structuring in the Cosmopolitan Cold-water Coral Lophelia pertusa in the North Atlantic Ocean
  • Preliminary exploration of the host response to natural iridovirus: immune parameters and molecular identification of immune-related genes
  • Use of genetically reconstructed pedigrees in wild populations: Insights gained for population management and conservation (LSC Field Station: Conte Anadromous Fish Research Center, Turners Falls, MA.)
  • Development of a Novel Method for Assessing DNA Integrity in Spermatozoa of yellow perch *
  • Comparative functional genomics as a tool for assessing evolutionary responses to rapid climate change
  • Regional differentiation, sex-biased dispersal, and a story of historic climatic events and recent anthropogenic pressures among populations of the horseshoe crab (Limulus polyphemus)
Montana Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit
Glacier National Park, West Glacier, MT  59936 
  • Using Molecular Genetic Techniques to Assess Status and Trends of a Threatened Grizzly Bear Population *
National Wetlands Research Center
Lafayette, Louisiana
  • Induction, verification, and production of triploid hybrid crappie: lessons learned
  • Development of a Novel Method for Assessing DNA Integrity in Spermatozoa of yellow perch *
  • Is there evidence of ecotypic adaptation to tidal flooding in baldcypress (Taxodium distichum)?
  • Flow Cytometry: An Essential Tool in Biomarker Research
  • SP069 Endocrine and Gonadal Condition of Male Largemouth Bass from Lake Mead, Nevada  *
  • The role of Hybridization in Cattail (Typha spp.) Invasions of Freshwater Wetlands in Great Lakes National Parks
National Wildlife Health Center
Madison, Wisconsin
  • A PCR method for detecting the white-nose syndrome-associated fungus Geomyces destructanson the skin of bats
Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center
Bozeman, Mt and West Glacier Field Station, Montana
  • Spatial ecology of grizzly bears in northwestern Montana
  • Using Molecular Genetic Techniques to Assess Status and Trends of a Threatened Grizzly Bear Population *
  • Genetic analysis of individual origins supports isolation of grizzly bears in the Greater
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Beltsville, Maryland
  • Using Molecular Biology to Understand the Effects of Pollutants on Wildlife
  • Genetic structure in the western toad (Anaxyrus boreas) species group: an evaluation of the Southern Rocky Mountain population
Southeast Ecological Science Center
Florida
  • Review of Genetic Information in Support of Manatee Evolutionary Dispersal
  • Genetic diversity and genetic fingerprinting mark-recapture studies to assist conservation of the endangered Florida manatee
  • Delineation of West Indian manatee populations for effective conservation strategies
  • Klamath Basin Restoration and Endangered Species: Molecular Characterization of Microbial Communities  *
Texas Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit
Lubbock, TX
  • Endocrine and Gonadal Condition of Male Largemouth Bass from Lake Mead, Nevada  *
Western Ecological Research Center
Davis Field Station and Santa Cruz Field Station, California
  • Gene Expression and Physiological Pathology in Sea Otters from the Eastern Pacific Ocean *
  • Using landscape genetics to locate evolutionary hotspots in southern California and the desert southwest (San Diego Field Station)
  • SP069 Endocrine and Gonadal Condition of Male Largemouth Bass from Lake Mead, Nevada  *
Western Fisheries Research Center
Seattle, Washington
  • Characterizing the Adaptive Potential of Chinook Salmon to Resist Disease
  • Genetic Characterization of the Internal Transcribed Spacer (ITS) Region Reveals Two Major Genetic Lineages of Ichthyophonus hoferi, a parasite of fish
  • Emerging and Evolving: Infectious Hematopoietic Necrosis Virus in Western Washington Salmon
  • Comparative genomics within the genus Francisella reveals conservation of virulence factors
  • Fishery Genetics Research at Western Fisheries Research Center
Wisconsin Cooperative Fishery Research Unit
Wisconsin Cooperative Fishery Research Laboratory, College of Natural Resources, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Stevens Point, WI
  • The Wisconsin Cooperative Fishery Research Unit’s Molecular Conservation Genetics Laboratory

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