Monster Seminar JAM - Genetic Issues in Listing Species Under the U.S. Endangered Species Act
Dr. Susan M. Haig, Oregon State University
As molecular tools become more powerful in defining species and infraspecific boundaries, they are frequently called as evidence for listing or not of a species or distinct population segment under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. Their more precise ability to identify relationships among groups of organisms exaccerbates ongoing debates regarding listing hybrids, subspecies, and DPS'. As if this were not complicated enough, few molecular biologists are well-versed in the specific issues (pertaining to genetic data) involved when of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lists species, and few USFWS listing biologists are well-versed in molecular genetics. The disconnect has serious implications for appropriate listing and/or defense of listing various taxa. Our lab has focused a great deal of attention in trying to bridge that gap -- by undertaking molecular studies of a number of species of concern for USFWS as well as trying to untangle some of the sticky policy issues this work exposes. My talk will focus on the broader issues with examples from our work on Spotted Owls, Snowy Plovers, Red Tree Voles, etc.
Date and Time:
February 9, 2006,
11:00 am - 12:30 pm