Promoting thriving populations: A world-first toolkit to improve genetic management of threatened species

  • Cook, Carly (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Pacioni, Carlo (Chief Investigator (CI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

Our ambitious project will use new developments in population modelling, that can link genetic data to individuals within a population, to identify the changes in genetic diversity that will result from genetic management.

Working with the Western Australian Government, we will create a decision-support tool that uses advanced modelling techniques to track how moving animals between populations will change genetic diversity. We will do this using two case studies. One will use genetic data already collected by the WA Government from existing populations of the Woylie. We will use project funds to employ an expert to develop models that show how different translocation options (e.g., the number of individuals moved, between which populations) change the genetic diversity within wild (source) populations and fenced (recipient) populations. We will identify the translocation scenario with the lowest risks and largest expected benefits. The WA Government will then undertake that translocation. We will then use project funding to evaluate the whether the model predictions matched the real outcomes by using funds collecting genetic samples from the translocated populations after 1 and 2 years.

Advances in genomic technology have the potential to provide higher resolution population genetic data. To understand the added value of genomic data, we will use a second case study of the Burrowing Bettong. We will used project funds to collect genetic data from two source populations and two potential recipient populations. We will use these data to model different translocation scenarios, and identify the best outcome. The WA Government will undertake the translocation and we will use project funds to collect genomic data from the populations 1 and 2 years after the translocation.
Short titleToolkit for genetic management
Effective start/end date1/06/2131/05/24