Ecosystems - Genetics and Genomics
About USGS Genetics and Genomics
As our environment changes, urgent answers to questions at the gene and genome levels are needed. USGS geneticists work to provide answers to questions of genetics for use in making sound management decisions on fish and wildlife, including their habitat and conservation. Our findings support Endangered Species Act considerations, providing population structure and species information. Genetic research can also assess effects on fish, wildlife, and habitat, from exposure to invasive, nonnative species or genetically engineered plants and animals. Wildlife disease studied from a genetics perspective can help predict whether or when a pathogen will cross over to infect other species, become more virulent, or spread to other parts of the world. Genetics techniques answer questions of plant and animal actions when exposed to contaminants or toxins. Predicting beach health and providing early notification of high levels of pathogenic microbes in aquatic environments to warn swimmers is also determined using genetics-related science.
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Kay M. Briggs