Jessica James

Assessing Genetic Diversity of Migratory and Non-migratory Birds in a Rapidly Developing Region of the Georgia Piedmont

SEAFWA Journal Volume 7, March 2020

Species richness, abundance, and genetic variability often decrease in bird populations when their habitats are subjected to anthropogenic activity. Regular and early monitoring of genetic diversity can give researchers and wildlife managers insight into the genetic health of populations so that action can be taken before inbreeding, loss of disease resistance, and population declines occur. We measured genetic diversity in populations of avian species that are increasingly exposed to anthropogenic changes. We analyzed samples from 89 individual birds from three locations in Gwinnett...