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Genomics and Conservation: Guidance from Training to Analyses and Applications

Jan 4, 2024


Environmental change is intensifying the biodiversity crisis and threatening species across the tree of life. Conservation genomics can help inform conservation actions and slow biodiversity loss. However, more training, appropriate use of novel genomic methods and communication with managers are needed. Here, we review practical guidance to improve applied conservation genomics. We share insights aimed at ensuring effectiveness of conservation actions around three themes: (1) improving pedagogy and training in conservation genomics including for online global audiences, (2) conducting rigorous population genomic analyses properly considering theory, marker types and data interpretation and (3) facilitating communication and collaboration between managers and researchers. We aim to update students and professionals and expand their conservation toolkit with genomic principles and recent approaches for conserving and managing biodiversity. The biodiversity crisis is a global problem and, as such, requires international involvement, training, collaboration and frequent reviews of the literature and workshops as we do here.


Lauren Schiebelhut, Annie Guillaume, Arianna Kuhn, Rena Schweizer, Ellie Armstrong, Mark Beaumont, Margaret Byrne, Ted Cosart, Brian Hand, Leif Howard, Steven Mussmann, Shawn Narum, Rita Rasteiro, Angel Rivera-Colón, Norah Saarman, Arun Sethuraman, Helen Taylor, Gregg Thomas, Maren Wellenreuther, and Gordon Luikart


Schiebelhut, L.M., A.S. Guillaume, A. Kuhn, R.M. Schweizer, E.E. Armstrong, M.A. Beaumont, M. Byrne, T. Cosart, B.K. Hand, L. Howard, S.M. Mussmann, S.R. Narum, R. Rasteiro, A.G. Rivera-Colón, N. Saarman, A. Sethuraman, H.R. Taylor, G.W.C. Thomas, M. Wellenreuther, and G. Luikart. 2023. Genomics and conservation: guidance from training to analyses and applications. Molecular Ecology Resources 24(2):e13893. Online at



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