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dc.contributor.authorReid, Allison Elaine
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-04T01:06:33Z
dc.date.available2014-03-04T01:06:33Z
dc.date.issued2006-05
dc.identifier.otherreid_allison_e_200605_ms
dc.identifier.urihttp://purl.galileo.usg.edu/uga_etd/reid_allison_e_200605_ms
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10724/23229
dc.description.abstractThe bobcat (Lynx rufus) is a species of conservation and economic importance. However, little is known regarding certain aspects of the bobcat’s life history, such as dispersal characteristics and social organization, both of which will influence the spatial genetic structure of populations. Predictions based on the bobcat’s mating system suggest that the bobcat may exhibit sex-biased dispersal and philopatry. This thesis examined the spatial genetic structure within a well-studied population of bobcats in southwestern Georgia as well as the spatial genetic structure between four populations in Georgia and Florida. We found little evidence of sex-biased dispersal and philopatry, and our data indicate that the four populations were one panmictic unit. Our results suggest that dispersal patterns cannot be predicted from a species’ mating system alone. Moreover, because bobcat populations lack differentiation across large spatial scales, a landscape-level approach to bobcat management may be appropriate.
dc.languageeng
dc.publisheruga
dc.rightspublic
dc.subjectbobcat
dc.subjectLynx rufus
dc.subjectmicrosatellites
dc.subjectrelatedness
dc.subjectkinship
dc.subjectspatial genetic structure
dc.subjectisolation by distance
dc.subjectdispersal
dc.subjectphilopatry
dc.titleSpatial genetic structure of four bobcat populations in the southeastern U.S.
dc.typeThesis
dc.description.degreeMS
dc.description.departmentForest Resources
dc.description.majorForest Resources
dc.description.advisorRobert J. Warren
dc.description.advisorC. Joseph Nairn, III
dc.description.committeeRobert J. Warren
dc.description.committeeC. Joseph Nairn, III
dc.description.committeeL. Michael Conner
dc.description.committeeJohn P. Carroll


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