Landscape Genetics

Presented by Uma Ramakrishnan and Srinivas Vaidyanathan

Landscape genetics rests at the interface of landscape ecology and population genetics, and seeks to understand how the real space and associated landscape features affect connectivity between populations. This relatively novel method has been applied to several endangered species to investigate possible impacts of land-use change, environmental change and to propose corridors for potential movement.
In this short workshop we will start by laying out the basics of the study of dispersal and geneflow, followed by simple population genetics of how gene flow (or lack thereof) results in similarities/differences between populations. We will discuss least cost path calculation, as well as resistance-based approaches, moving towards models that explore landscape drivers of genetic connectivity. We will conclude by considering more recently available large datasets for both genomic and environmental data, and how these could help understand local adaptation and population connectivity in a climatically changing world.
Uma Ramakrishnan
Srinivas Vaidyanathan