Restricted Research - Award List, Note/Discussion Page

Fiscal Year: 2021

141  University of North Texas  (84437)

Principal Investigator: Gregory,Andrew John

Total Amount of Contract, Award, or Gift (Annual before 2011): $ 43,989

Exceeds $250,000 (Is it flagged?): No

Start and End Dates: - 10/31/23

Restricted Research: YES

Academic Discipline: Advanced Environmental Rsrch

Department, Center, School, or Institute: College of Science

Title of Contract, Award, or Gift: Genetic Analyses Comparing Oklahoma, Kansas, South Dakota, and Nebraska Greater Prairie-Chicken Populations

Name of Granting or Contracting Agency/Entity: Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation

Program Title: N/A
CFDA Linked: Wildlife Restoration


Problem: Greater Prairie-Chicken populations are in decline throughout the southern portion of their range, and only stable in Minnesota and Nebraska. In Oklahoma, populations have declined precipitously. This has prompted the Oklahoma Division of Wildlife Conservation to consider translocating individuals from other regions to bolster local populations. Most previous translocations of Greater Prairie-Chickens have used birds from Kansas as a source population. However, recently Kansas prairie-chicken populations have also been in decline, and there is some evidence that past translocations from Kansas may have contributed to the declining status of the Kansas prairie-chicken population. However, birds from northern populations may not be adapted to conditions in Oklahoma. The objective of this research is threefold. First, use a range-wide landscape genetic analysis to identify the functional population boundaries of Greater Prairie-Chickens. Second, use an ecological genomic approach via either targeted or whole genome sequencing to identify if there are ecologically adapted gene complexes. Third, use spatial demographic analysis and agent based models to test the population viability of each genetic population; then, use agent based models in an ecoforecasting framework to determine which population(s) can be used as source populations for anticipated future translocations without significantly damaging the viability of the source population.

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