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Chris, Brenna, and colleagues publish new paper on integrating adaptive potential into the U.S. Endangered Species Act

Chris, Brenna Forester, and colleagues published a new paper on integrating adaptive potential into U.S. Endangered Species Act listing and recovery decisions. Rapid environmental change means that populations will often have to adapt, or go extinct. Characterizing adaptive potential using traditional approaches such as reciprocal transplant experiments, however, is often impossible for endangered species. Genomics has huge potential to improve our ability to characterize adaptive potential, but its application to real-world conservation decision making has been fairly limited to date. In this paper, we attempt to ameliorate this situation by providing specific guidelines on how genomics and other approaches can be used to characterize adaptive potential, and how this information can be incorporated into U.S. Endangered Species Act listing and recovery decisions. We hope that both conservation practitioners and conservation geneticists will find this to be a useful paper.

Citation: Funk WC, Forester BR, Converse SJ, Darst C, Morey S (2018) Improving conservation policy with genomics: A guide to integrating adaptive potential into U.S. Endangered Species Act decisions for conservation practitioners and geneticists. Conservation Genetics, in press.

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