Conservation genetics as a management tool: The five best-supported paradigms to assist the management of threatened species

Authors: Yvonne Willi, Torsten N Kristensen, Carla M Sgrò, Andrew R Weeks, Michael Ørsted, and Ary A Hoffmann

Published in: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Abstract

About 50 years ago, Crow and Kimura and Ohta and Kimura laid the foundations of conservation genetics by predicting the relationship between population size and genetic marker diversity. This work sparked an enormous research effort investigating the importance of population dynamics, in particular small population size, for population mean performance, population viability, and evolutionary potential.

In light of a recent perspective that challenges some fundamental assumptions in conservation genetics, it is timely to summarize what the field has achieved, what robust patterns have emerged, and worthwhile future research directions.

We consider theory and methodological breakthroughs that have helped management, and we outline some fundamental and applied challenges for conservation genetics.

Citation

Willi Y, Kristensen TN, Sgrò CM, Weeks AR, Ørsted M, Hoffmann AA (2022) Conservation genetics as a management tool: The five best-supported paradigms to assist the management of threatened species. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences PDF DOI