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population genetics

We are using DNA data to better understand the connectivity and recent history of populations of Quercus havardii, a Western sand dune oak.

We are assessing whether important seed and living collections have sufficiently sampled the wild diversity of tree species we are trying to protect. 

We are using DNA data to further understand the reproductive biology of an under-studied oak, Quercus havardii, which will help inform seed collection strategies and collection management.

We collected acorns from across the range of Quercus havardii and distributed them to partner gardens to grow, research, and showcase this unique oak to the public.

We are quantifying the number of plants and seeds needed to best preserve genetic variation of 10 species of threatened trees in botanical gardens, which  will be models for future seed collections.