Conservation genomics of natural and managed populations: Building a conceptual and practical framework

Laura Marilyn Benestan, Anne Laure Ferchaud, Paul A. Hohenlohe, Brittany A. Garner, Gavin J.P. Naylor, Iliana Brigitta Baums, Michael K. Schwartz, Joanna L. Kelley, Gordon Luikart

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The boom of massive parallel sequencing (MPS) technology and its applications in conservation of natural and managed populations brings new opportunities and challenges to meet the scientific questions that can be addressed. Genomic conservation offers a wide range of approaches and analytical techniques, with their respective strengths and weaknesses that rely on several implicit assumptions. However, finding the most suitable approaches and analysis regarding our scientific question are often difficult and time-consuming. To address this gap, a recent workshop entitled ‘ConGen 2015’ was held at Montana University in order to bring together the knowledge accumulated in this field and to provide training in conceptual and practical aspects of data analysis applied to the field of conservation and evolutionary genomics. Here, we summarize the expertise yield by each instructor that has led us to consider the importance of keeping in mind the scientific question from sampling to management practices along with the selection of appropriate genomics tools and bioinformatics challenges.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2967-2977
Number of pages11
JournalMolecular Ecology
Issue number13
StatePublished - Jul 1 2016


  • Conservation genomics
  • Effective population size
  • Genetic population structure
  • Local adaptation
  • Massively parallel sequencing
  • SNPs discovery and filtering


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