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Chase H Smith

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Here we provide public access to six DNA sequence alignments and details on all specimens utilized in Smith and Johnson (2020).
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We analyzed the single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) present in the genomes of moose representing 3 subspecies in the contiguous United States. Blood samples were collected opportunistically from collaborators during field efforts or were supplied to our lab from collaborators' archives, and represented moose sampling occurring between 2009-2017. DNA was extracted, sequenced using next generation sequencing, and SNPs analyzed using the genetics programs Structure and Tess3, and by performing basic population statistics. These analyses were used to determine the population structure of moose at the subspecies level.
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We generated multilocus DNA sequence data and traditional morphometric measurements to evaluate species boundaries in Fusconaia mitchelli. We sequenced three loci: the protein-coding mitochondrial DNA genes cytochrome oxidase subunit 1 and NADH dehydrogenase 1, and the nuclear ribosomal internal transcribed spacer 1. We also took three measurements, maximum length, maximum width, and maximum height, of mussel shells for morphometric analysis.
Abstract (from Conservation Genetics): Genome-wide evaluations of genetic diversity and population structure are important for informing management and conservation of trailing-edge populations. North American moose (Alces alces) are declining along portions of the southern edge of their range due to disease, species interactions, and marginal habitat, all of which may be exacerbated by climate change. We employed a genotyping by sequencing (GBS) approach in an effort to collect baseline information on the genetic variation of moose inhabiting the species’ southern range periphery in the contiguous United States. We identified 1920 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) from 155 moose representing three subspecies...
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Inaccurate systematics confound our ability to determine evolutionary processes that have led to the diversification of many taxa. The North American freshwater mussel tribe Lampsilini, Ihering, 1901, is one of the more well-studied groups in Unionidae; however, many supraspecific relationships between lampsiline genera remain unresolved. Two genera that have been largely overlooked are Leptodea and Potamilus, which have both been hypothesized to be non-monophyletic. We set out to resolve supraspecific relationships in Lampsilini and test the monophyly of Leptodea and Potamilus using an integrative approach. Here we present details on our molecular, morphological, and distribution data.
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