Maintaining genetic diversity is a crucial issue in conservation of natural populations. This project addresses the issue by examining how local interactions in landscapes affect genetic diversity. In particular, it uses spatial simulation models to investigate the impact on genetic diversity of processes such as habitat fragmentation, local catastrophes, natural and sexual selection, and inbreeding depression. In addition to giving fundamental insights into genetic diversity in natural systems, the results will have applications in conserving endangered species, minimising habitat fragmentation impacts, and in assessing the potential risks posed by release of genetically modified organisms.
|Effective start/end date||8/01/06 → 31/12/09|
- Australian Research Council (ARC): A$38,980.00
- Australian Research Council (ARC): A$223,020.00