Landscape Genomics and Ecological Adaptation in Wyoming Greater Sage-grouse

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Greater Sage-grouse chickens, Wyoming. USGS photo.
Greater Sage-grouse chickens, Wyoming. USGS photo.

In this project, we are using landscape genomic techniques to identify putative adaptive genetic variation within the Greater Sage-grouse core population in Wyoming.  We are genotyping several hundred tissue samples from across Wyoming at tens of thousands of genomic markers. Regions of the genome determined to show signatures of selection will be investigated and correlated with environmental variables to uncover important gene-environment relation that will be used to assess population vulnerability to climate change and anthropogenic disturbance.