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Genetic Diversity of Caracara in Florida


January 2011 - December 2015


Goal: Develop microsatellite markers using whole genome sequencing and assess genetic diversity of samples from Florida. This project is a collaborative effort with Joan Morrison at Trinity College who has studied the caracara in Florida for more than a decade. She has more than 100 blood samples from unrelated adults, which we will use to genotype and estimate population-level genetic characteristics. From this information we will estimate inbreeding, potential bottlenecks, and be able to inform managers of the genetic health of this endangered population.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 9

Phd Students: 1

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 43

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 21

Scientific Publications: 47

Presentations: 84



Funding Agencies

  • Arizona Game & Fish Dept.


Arizona Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Arizona Game Fish Department
  2. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  3. U.S. Geological Survey
  4. University of Arizona
  5. Wildlife Management Institute