First MinION Nanopore Sequencing Run!

A big thank you to Derek Smith and Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) laboratories for helping get the first MinION nanopore sequencing test run started! After an informative trip by Ella Clarke to the ECCC River Road laboratory (Ottawa, ON), to troubleshoot some technical issues, our lab team is now set up with the…

EcoGenomics Researchers assess variation in the spatial co-occurrences of close kin in wild caribou populations

Novel multilayer network analysis to assess variation in the spatial co-occurrences of close kin in wild caribou populations Authors: Teri Jones , Micheline Manseau, Brandon Merriell, Gigi Pittoello, Dave Hervieux, Paul Wilson Abstract Understanding how individuals within populations are connected genetically and through shared space-use is critical to understanding the demographic patterns of at-risk populations.…

EcoGenomics Researchers disentangle the genomic population structure and inbreeding history of Lake Superior Caribou

Genomic population structure and inbreeding history of Lake Superior caribou Authors: Kirsten Solmundson, Jeff Bowman, Micheline Manseau, Rebecca Taylor, Sonesinh Keobouasone, Paul Wilson. Abstract Caribou (Rangifer tarandus) have experienced dramatic declines in both range and population size across Canada over the past century. Boreal caribou (R. t. caribou), 1 of the 12 Designatable Units, has…

Dr. Micheline Manseau discusses how new genomics methods can inform on caribou demography

Dr. Micheline Manseau, one of the Principal Investigators of the EcoGenomics research program, recently spoke at the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute’s Caribou Ecology & Recovery Webinar Series on how advances in genomics methods are opening new horizons in caribou monitoring and conservation. Genetic data, most often obtained non-invasively by collecting fecal or hair samples, can…

EcoGenomics Researchers Employ Network Analyses to Inform Caribou Recovery Efforts

Authors: Samantha McFarlane, Micheline Manseau, Paul Wilson ABSTRACT In social species, reproductive success and rates of dispersal vary among individuals resulting in spatially structured populations. Network analyses of familial relationships may provide insights on how these parameters influence population‐level demographic patterns. These methods, however, have rarely been applied to genetically derived pedigree data from wild…