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Persistence of historical population structure in an endangered species despite near‐complete biome conversion in California's San Joaquin Desert

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Title
Persistence of historical population structure in an endangered species despite near‐complete biome conversion in California's San Joaquin Desert
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Molecular Ecology, May 2017
DOI 10.1111/mec.14125
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Jonathan Q. Richmond, Dustin A. Wood, Michael F. Westphal, Amy G. Vandergast, Adam D. Leaché, Lawrence R. Saslaw, H. Scott Butterfield, Robert N. Fisher

Abstract

Genomic responses to habitat conversion can be rapid, providing wildlife managers with time-limited opportunities to enact recovery efforts that use population connectivity information that reflects pre-disturbance landscapes. Such opportunities may still exist for the endemic fauna and flora of California's San Joaquin Desert, where biome conversion is nearly complete, but comprehensive genetic datasets are lacking for nearly all species in the region. To fill this knowledge gap, we studied the rangewide population structure of the endangered blunt-nosed leopard lizard Gambelia sila, a San Joaquin Desert endemic, using restriction site associated DNA (RAD), microsatellite and mtDNA data to test whether admixture patterns and estimates of effective migration surfaces (EEMS) can identify land areas with high population connectivity prior to the conversion of native xeric habitats. Clustering and phylogenetic analyses indicate a recent shared history between numerous isolated populations and EEMS reveals latent signals of corridors and barriers to gene flow over areas now replaced by agriculture and urbanization. Conflicting histories between the mtDNA and nuclear genomes are consistent with hybridization with the sister species G. wislizenii, raising important questions about where legal protection should end at the southern range limit of G. sila. Comparative analysis of different data sets also adds to a growing list of advantages in using RAD loci for genetic studies of rare species. We demonstrate how the results of this work can serve as an evolutionary guidance tool for managing endemic, arid adapted taxa in one of the worlds most compromised landscapes. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

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Unknown 84 100%

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Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 22 26%
Student > Master 17 20%
Researcher 9 11%
Student > Bachelor 6 7%
Student > Doctoral Student 4 5%
Other 9 11%
Unknown 17 20%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 35 42%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 12 14%
Environmental Science 8 10%
Medicine and Dentistry 3 4%
Veterinary Science and Veterinary Medicine 2 2%
Other 2 2%
Unknown 22 26%
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