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Conservation genetics and population structure of Chiricahua leopard frogs in NM, AZ and Mexico


April 2007 - June 2010


Molecular genetic analyses will be conducted using microsatellite and mitochondrial DNA markers to quantify genetic relationships among populations, metapopulations, and RUs. This information will help determine whether northern and southern populations are distinct species, and direct the appropriateness of moving frogs among populations, metapopulations, and RUs. This work will estimate genetic diversity within and among populations and metapopulations, and the need for augmentation of individuals into declining populations. Results will also be used for future population viability analysis.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 239

Phd Students: 142

Post Docs: 53

University Staff: 240

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 701

Scientific Publications: 1936

Presentations: 4260



  • Melanie CulverPrincipal Investigator
  • Hans-Werner HerrmannNon-PI Collaborator

Funding Agencies

  • Science Support Partnership


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey