Title: Conservation Genetic Approaches to Conserving State-listed Wildlife Species

unisexual salamanderEastern Massasauga

Project ID: WASR36

Principal Investigator: H. Lisle Gibbs

PIs: H. Lisle Gibbs (Ohio State University) and Katherine Greenwald (Eastern Michigan University)

Project Overview:  Genetic analyses can guide the conservation and management of state-listed wildlife species by providing a unique source of information on important yet poorly-understood biological characteristics of these animals. Here we propose to extend our existing genetic work on two such organisms: first, the salamanders making up theAmbystoma salamander complex that includes the all female unisexual lineages and a state-listed species, the Blue-spotted Salamander (A. laterale) and second, the state-endangered Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake (Sistrurus c. catenatus).