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The fact that organisms can and do evolve requires the utilization of an evolutionary perspective when seeking to understand processes responsible for modern patterns of diversity.  My laboratory utilizes molecular and genomic approaches to better understand the relative contributions of historic and contemporary processes (i.e., habitat fragmentation, invasive species, anthropogenic stressors) to the partitioning of genetic variation within and among populations.  It is our assertion that a better understanding of these processes is critical for the conservation of biodiversity.


 Buttons to the left provide information on current projects in my laboratory whereas opening the "Publications" page will provide you with a better idea of the diversity of questions and taxa that have been studied by my research group.  I am always looking for new, eager and hardworking students that are wishing to pursue further education in the general areas of conservation genetics/genomics and molecular evolution.  If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Van Den Bussche or any of his current students by going to the "People" page.

Updated 11 September 2017

Recent News and Developments

2 November 2016 -Our manuscript "A resource of genome-wide single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) for the conservation and management of Golden Eagles" has been accepted to the Journal of Raptor Research.

28 October 2016 -- 386 bald and golden eagle samples have been sent off to be analyzed on our SNP chip. We will be presenting the preliminary data at the American Wind and Wildlife Institute's meeting in November.

8 August 2016 - Our Eagle SNP Chip has been synthesized.  This array consists of ~33,000 Golden Eagle SNPs and ~50,000 Bald Eagle SNPs.  We are currently testing this array with DNA from 48 Golden Eagles and 48 Bald Eagles.

3 June 2016 -- Reduced our suite of approximately 1.8 millions SNPs for each of the Bald and Golden Eagle to approximately 50,000 SNPs per species with about half the SNPs in intergenic regions and the other half in ecologically relevant genes or upstream or downstream of these genes.  These loci were sent to Affymetrix for construction of SNP Chips.

20 July 2015 -- Received RAD Tag data from 200 bald eagles.  Starting the process of SNP calling.


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