The Ecological Genetics and Diversity Team conducts research at the interface of ecology and evolution. Team scientists focus much of their work on evaluating patterns of diversity in conserved species and how these patterns influence ecology and population dynamics. Some of the central questions we address relate to how human impacts such as harvest, habitat loss, and climate change affect population diversity and viability. Team research characterizes factors that affect performance of cultured species in captivity and in the wild, and seeks to identify practices that limit undesirable effects of captive culture on wild species. Team scientists apply both modeling and experimental approaches to a variety of species in culture systems.