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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: 100

Masters Students: 236

Phd Students: 155

Post Docs: 57

University Staff: 246

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 712

Scientific Publications: 1967

Presentations: 4391



Funding Agencies

  • Arizona Game & Fish Dept.


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey