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dc.contributor.authorRivers, Malin Cecilia
dc.contributor.authorBrummitt, Neil
dc.contributor.authorNic Lughadha, Eimear
dc.contributor.authorMeagher, Thomas Robert
dc.identifier.citationRivers , M C , Brummitt , N , Nic Lughadha , E & Meagher , T R 2014 , ' Do species conservation assessments capture genetic diversity? ' , Global Ecology and Conservation , vol. 2 , pp. 81-87 .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 147523509
dc.identifier.otherPURE UUID: d6daa872-f575-4f71-9433-4c270ee513e1
dc.identifier.otherScopus: 84915773914
dc.identifier.otherWOS: 000416218800008
dc.descriptionThis work was supported by the Natural Environment Research Council NER/S/A/2006/14303 (MR) and the Leverhulme Trust RF/2/RFG/2007/0314 (TM).en
dc.description.abstractThe best known system for classifying threat status of species, the IUCN Red List, currently lacks explicit considerations of genetic diversity, and consequently may not account for potential adaptation of species to future environmental change. To address this gap, we integrate range-wide genetic analysis with IUCN Red List assessments. We calculated the loss of genetic diversity under simulated range loss for species of Delonix (Leguminosae). Simulated range loss involved random loss of populations and was intended to model ongoing habitat destruction. We found a strong relationship between loss of genetic diversity and range. Moreover, we found correspondence between levels of genetic diversity and thresholds for ‘non-threatened’ versus ‘threatened’ IUCN Red List categories. Our results support the view that current threat thresholds of the IUCN Red List criteria reflect genetic diversity, and hence evolutionary potential; although the genetic diversity distinction between threatened categories was less evident. Thus, by supplementing conventional conservation assessments with genetic data, new insights into the biological robustness of IUCN Red List assessments for targeted conservation initiatives can be achieved
dc.relation.ispartofGlobal Ecology and Conservationen
dc.rights© 2014 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. This is an open access article under the CC BY license ( 3.0/).en
dc.subjectConservation assessmentsen
dc.subjectConservation geneticsen
dc.subjectExtinction risken
dc.subjectGenetic diversityen
dc.subjectIUCN Red Listen
dc.subjectGE Environmental Sciencesen
dc.titleDo species conservation assessments capture genetic diversity?en
dc.typeJournal articleen
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.School of Biologyen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Centre for Biological Diversityen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Scottish Oceans Instituteen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.St Andrews Sustainability Instituteen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Centre for Evolution, Genes and Genomicsen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Centre for Research into Ecological & Environmental Modellingen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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