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Document Type: Journal Article
Center: NWFSC
Document ID: 8983
Title: Guidelines for Genetic Data Analysis
Author: Robin S. Waples, A. R. Hoelzel, Oscar E. Gaggiotti, Ralph Tiedemann, P. J. Palsboll, Frank Cipriano, Jennifer A. Jackson, John W. Bickham, Aimee R. Lang
Publication Year: In press
Journal: Journal of Cetacean Research and Management
Keywords: Population genetics,cetaceans,management,monitoring

An IWC workgroup recently developed guidelines for quality control of DNA data.  Once data have been collected, the next step is to analyze the data and produce results that are useful for addressing practical problems in conservation and management of cetaceans.  This is a complex exercise, as numerous analyses are possible and users have a wide range of choices of software programs for implementing the analyses.  This document reviews the underlying issues, illustrates application of different types of genetic data analysis to two thorny management problems (involving common minke whales and humpback whales), and concludes with a number of recommendations for best practices in the analysis of population genetic data.  An extensive Appendix provides a detailed review and critique of most types of analyses that are used with population genetic data for cetaceans.

Theme: Recovery and rebuilding of marine and coastal species
Foci: Characterize the population biology of species, and develop and improve methods for predicting the status of populations.
Develop methods to use physiological, biological and behavioral information to predict population-level processes.
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Waples, R. S., A. R. Hoelzel, O. E. Gaggiotti, R. Tiedemann, P. Palsboll, F. Cipriano, J. A. Jackson, J. W. Bickham, A. R. Lang. (in press). Guidelines for Genetic Data Analysis. Journal of Cetacean Research and Management.