Advanced Topics in Conservation Genetics Webinar Series

Advanced Topics in Conservation Genetics

These webinars provide biologist and managers with the latest techniques in conservation genetics.

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June - November 2014


Date: November 18th, 2014
Time: 2:00-3:00 PM ET

Avian Translocations: Impacts for Behavioral Culture and Population Genetics

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Dr. Mark E. Hauber, Hunter College, City University of New York.

Description: Small boat delivering materials.  Photo taken by Ryan Hagerty, USFWS.width=Translocations of small or threatened populations to larger or safer localities are the bread and butter of conservation efforts in many regions of the world, especially in insular nations. Translocations are often highly successful, establishing independent, distant, and protected populations to improve the prospects of species longevity. But translocations also carry potential costs, which may or may not supersede these benefits, especially when there is both connectivity and asymmetry between the source and the destination sites and populations. Here I review both the behavioral (song culture and species recognition) and the genetic (theoretical modelling based) evidence for the potential impact of translocation efforts in several contexts inspired by my own work in New Zealand.


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Marilyn Williams, Training Technician, Conservation Science and Policy Branch, National Conservation Training Center at 304-876-7940; e-mail


Matthew Patterson, Course Leader, Conservation Science and Policy Branch, National Conservation Training Center at 304-876-7473; e-mail