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Under-representation of avian studies in landscape genetics


Kozakiewicz, CP and Carver, S and Burridge, CP, Under-representation of avian studies in landscape genetics, Ibis, 160, (1) pp. 1-12. ISSN 0019-1019 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/ibi.12532


Landscape genetics is a rapidly growing discipline that examines how heterogeneous landscapes and other environmental factors influence population genetic variation. We conducted a systematic review of the landscape genetic literature which demonstrates that birds are severely under-represented relative to their species diversity and general publication prevalence. Most avian studies were on species that have relatively low dispersal ability, and we suggest that this reflects an assumed high vagility of birds that precludes spatial genetic variation relatable to landscape heterogeneity. However, spatial genetic variation exists in several bird species with very high dispersal ability, but this has not been considered in the context of landscape features. Genetic patterns may also relate to landscape due to breeding habitat selection and territorial behaviour, despite the fact that species may be able to move throughout different landscape elements with minimal movement costs. Habitat loss and fragmentation are continuing globally and are strongly related to declines in bird populations. Landscape genetic studies provide a means to understand, predict and mitigate the effects of anthropogenic landscape change on birds. This review promotes the need for landscape genetic studies of birds, such that a greater understanding of the drivers of their genetic structuring can be developed and generalizations can be made from landscape genetic studies that apply more broadly across taxa.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:landscape genetics, birds, dispersal distance, geographical bias, model taxa, taxonomic bias
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Genetics
Research Field:Genetics not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences
UTAS Author:Kozakiewicz, CP (Mr Christopher Kozakiewicz)
UTAS Author:Carver, S (Associate Professor Scott Carver)
UTAS Author:Burridge, CP (Associate Professor Christopher Burridge)
ID Code:125509
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:12
Deposited By:Zoology
Deposited On:2018-04-20
Last Modified:2022-08-29

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