Year of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Environmental Science and Natural Resource Journalism
Department or School/College
School of Journalism
Len Broberg, Keith Graham
conservation genetics, aquatic invasive species, chinook salmon, westslope cutthroat trout, environmental DNA, genetic rescue
University of Montana
Biodiversity | Communication | Ecology and Evolutionary Biology | Environmental Studies | Genetics and Genomics
Conservation genetics stands out as an effective tool for discovering and monitoring rare, endangered or invasive populations of plants and animals. Particularly when compared to traditional search and capture methods, it provides more holistic studies to preserve the disappearing biodiversity of the American West and the world.
Three stories highlight the work done to preserve biodiversity through the use of conservation genetics:
1. Trout Rescue: A new hope for westslope cutthroat in Montana How to save a disappearing westslope cutthroat trout through genetic rescue by adding genetic diversity to ensuring future survival in increasingly warming waters more harm than good.
2. New Invaders, New Solutions: Tracking invasive species movements with environmental DNA
Tracking the struggle to stop the spread of invasive species in Montana and the West through a process called environmental DNA, which can find if a single cell of an organism is carried in a drop of water.
3. The True Home of Alaskan Salmon: DNA reveals surprising insight into the birthplace of America’s most consumed fish
How finding where a salmon was born through DNA brings up complex questions about sustainability and labeling of fish sold in grocery stores and restaurants.
(Extended project is online at: https://conservationgenetics.atavist.com)
Rand, Kenneth W., "Conservation Genetics on the Frontline" (2016). Graduate Student Theses, Dissertations, & Professional Papers. 10648.
© Copyright 2016 Kenneth W. Rand