Fact Sheet 2011–3091
The Fort Collins Science Center operates a molecular genetic and systematics research facility (FORT Molecular Ecology Laboratory) that uses molecular genetic tools to provide genetic information needed to inform natural resource management decisions. For many wildlife species, the data generated have become increasingly important in the development of their long-term management strategies, leading to a better understanding of species diversity, population dynamics and ecology, and future conservation and management needs. The Molecular Ecology Lab serves Federal research and resource management agencies by developing scientifically rigorous research programs using nuclear, mitochondrial and chloroplast DNA to help address many of today’s conservation biology and natural resource management issues.
First posted September 9, 2011
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Oyler-McCance, S.J., and Stevens, P.D., 2011, Molecular genetics at the Fort Collins Science Center: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2011-3091. 2 p.