Do you want to ‘do the genetics’ on your study population? But you’re not even entirely sure what that might entail? The Molecular Ecology Working Group has crafted a workshop for you – the new grad student embarking on wildlife genetics research, the agency professional needing answers to genetic questions to inform management, the early career scientist looking to expand into new technologies. We will provide an overview of current genetic techniques (including marker types, lab technologies, analytical packages) with particular focus on what techniques are most appropriate to answering different questions in wildlife ecology, conservation, and management. We will also discuss field sampling methods and sample designs well-suited to addressing different questions. The workshop will include a hands-on study design session in which panel members will work with individuals or small groups to design a study targeted at a species and question of interest. Participants are encouraged to bring general information about their study species/system of interest, so that they can get the most out of this session. Workshop participants will come away with several concrete products including a consumers’ guide for collaborating with genetics labs, a resource guide of recommended analytical programs, and a study design for their project of interest facilitated by our workshop panel.
Supported By:Molecular Ecology Working Group