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Potential for increased connectivity between differentiated wolverine populations

Lansink, G. M. J. and Kleven, O. and Ekblom, R. and Spong, Göran and Kopatz, A. and Mattisson, J. and Persson, Jens and Kojola, I. and Holmala, K. and Ollila, T. and Ellegren, H. and Kindberg, J. and Kindberg, Jonas and Flagstad, O. and Aspi, Jouni and Kvist, L. (2022). Potential for increased connectivity between differentiated wolverine populations. Biological Conservation. 272 , 109601
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Abstract

Information on genetic population structure provides important knowledge for species conservation. Yet, few studies combine extensive genetic data to evaluate the structure and population dynamics of transboundary populations. Here we used single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), microsatellites and mitochondrial haplotypes to analyze the genetic population structure of wolverines (Gulo gulo) across Fennoscandia using a long-term monitoring dataset of 1708 individuals. Clear population subdivision was detected between the Scandinavian and the eastern Finnish population with a steep cline in the contact zone. While the Scandinavian population showed isolation by distance, large swaths of this population were characterized by high connectivity. Areas with high resistance to gene flow are likely explained by a combination of factors, such as historical isolation and founder effects. From a conservation perspective, promoting gene flow from the population in eastern Finland to the northwest of Scandinavia could augment the less variable Scandinavian population, and increase the demographic resilience of all subpopulations. Overall, the large areas of low resistance to gene flow suggest that transboundary cooperation with aligned actions of harvest and conflict mitigation could improve genetic connectivity across Finland, Sweden, and Norway.

Authors/Creators:Lansink, G. M. J. and Kleven, O. and Ekblom, R. and Spong, Göran and Kopatz, A. and Mattisson, J. and Persson, Jens and Kojola, I. and Holmala, K. and Ollila, T. and Ellegren, H. and Kindberg, J. and Kindberg, Jonas and Flagstad, O. and Aspi, Jouni and Kvist, L.
Title:Potential for increased connectivity between differentiated wolverine populations
Series Name/Journal:Biological Conservation
Year of publishing :2022
Volume:272
Article number:109601
Number of Pages:11
Publisher:ELSEVIER SCI LTD
ISSN:0006-3207
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 405 Other Agricultural Sciences > Fish and Wildlife Management
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 106 Biological Sciences (Medical to be 3 and Agricultural to be 4) > Bioinformatics and Systems Biology (methods development to be 10203)
Keywords:Conservation genetics, Population structure, Mustelids, Wildlife monitoring, Genetic markers
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-118582
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-118582
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Type of IDID
DOI10.1016/j.biocon.2022.109601
Web of Science (WoS)000823090300014
ID Code:28641
Faculty:S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(S) > Dept. of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies
(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Ecology
(S) > Dept. of Ecology
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:30 Aug 2022 09:31
Metadata Last Modified:30 Aug 2022 09:41

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