Pedigrees for the preservation of threatened populations
Monitoring genetic processes in threatened populations requires data at many levels. Advanced molecular techniques are providing bigger and better datasets to address crucial problems, but I argue that these data can also be used to bolster “traditional” pedigree analysis, providing even greater advantages. Collection and reconstruction of pedigree data enable testing of certain hypotheses that would be impossible to address any other way. In this talk, I provide a wide variety of examples of pedigree analyses in conservation, with results that are often surprising. Combining pedigree and molecular techniques offers opportunity to take a holistic approach to species management, within the constraints of resource-limited conservation programs.