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Genetic Diversity and Structure for Arizona Bald Eagles


January 2012 - December 2017


Goal: To investigate genetic isolation of the Sonoran Desert Bald Eagle (BAEA) population in Arizona. This research will provide genetic information to an ongoing debate over whether or not the Sonoran Desert BAEA should be managed as a distinct population, separately from all other BAEA populations in North America. In the first phase of the study, we will use established genetic markers to investigate genetic diversity within the Sonoran Desert BAEA population. In the second phase, we will investigate gene flow between the Sonoran Desert BAEA population and surrounding populations of BAEA.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 238

Phd Students: 144

Post Docs: 54

University Staff: 239

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 673

Scientific Publications: 1905

Presentations: 4235



  • Melanie CulverPrincipal Investigator
  • Mike WierdaCo-Principal Investigator

Funding Agencies



Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey