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Genetics of Animal and Plant Populations

First-Year Student as Scholars Seminar

Dr. Rodney Honeycutt, Professor of Biology, and Chairperson of Natural Science Division, Pepperdine University

Genetics of Animal and Plant Populations: Pepperdine students in the field

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This seminar will pertain to the use of genetic markers (nucleotide sequences and DNA microsatellites) in conservation biology. We are fortunate to have several on-going projects related to plant and animal populations in the Santa Monica Mountains of southern California and the Channel Islands off the Pacific coast. Aside from basic information related to conservation genetics that will be presented in class, students will be exposed to actual fieldwork at several sites in southern California. In addition, students will learn the basic tools of conservation genetics including DNA extraction, PCR amplification, sequencing, genotyping, and data analysis.

Examples of Student Research

Presentations by Undergrads at Scientific Conferences

Students denoted by *

Thompson* K., L.B. Kats, and R.L. Honeycutt. 2013. Population differences in response to an invasive predator in the Pacific treefrog. Southern California Conferences for Undergraduate Research. Abstract PS2-40.

Honeycutt, R.L., D.P. Perrault*, C.D. Ishibashi*, S.R. Ratay, P.J. Dixon, and S.D. Davis. 2012. Patterns of genetic variation in island and mainland populations of Ceanothus Chaparral. 8th California Islands Symposium held on October 23-26.

Ortiz*, M., S. Warford, L. Kats and R. Honeycutt. 2012. Excel-Based Approach for Information Retrieval and Analysis of Population Data from California Newt, Taricha torosa. Presented at Southern California Conferences for Undergraduate Research, California State University Channel Islands. Abstract PSII-41.

Perrault*, D.R., C.D. Ishibashi, S.R. Ratay, S.D. Davis, P.J. Dixon, and R.L. Honeycutt. 2012. Genetic variation in island and mainland populations of chaparral. Presented at Southern California Conferences for Undergraduate Research, California State University Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA, November 17, 2012.

Smith*, B.A., S.D. Davis, R.L. Honeycutt, and T.L. Vandergon. 2012. Genetic and morphological variation in island and mainland populations of the chaparral species, Ceanothus megacarpus. 8th California Islands Symposium held on October 23-26.

Perrault*, D. and R.L. Honeycutt. 2011. Genetic variation in island and mainland populations of chaparral. Southern California Conferences for Undergraduate Research. Abstract OSI-9.

Hwang*, C. S., and R. L. Honeycutt. 2010. Spectral Analysis of Color Polymorphism in Pacific Tree Frogs (Pseudacris regilla). Oral presentation at Southern California Conference for Undergraduate Research, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA, 20 November 2010.

Ishibashi*, C.D., A.R. Shaver*, D.P Perrault*, R.L. Honeycutt, and S.D. Davis. 2010. Using microsatellites to assess genetic variability in Ceanothus megacarpus in the Santa Monica Mountains of California. 95thAnnual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America. Abstract PS 74-79.

Ishibashi*, C.D., A.R. Shaver*, D.P. Perrault*, R.L. Honeycutt, and S.D. Davis. 2010. Comparison of Genetic variation between populations of the chaparral shrub Ceanothus megacarpus along a freezing gradient. Southern California Conference on Undergraduate Research, Annual Meeting, Pepperdine University, Malibu. Abstract Page 117-118.

Perrault*, D. P., C. D. Ishibshi*, S. D. Davis, and R. L. Honeycutt. 2010. Genetic Assessment of Introgressive Hybridization between Subgenera of Chaparral. Poster presentation at Southern California Conference for Undergraduate Research, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA, 20 November 2010.

Wang*, C. Y., R. L. Honeycutt, L. Kats, and T. Vandergon. 2007. Genetic Investigations of Multiple Paternity in the California newt (Taricha torosa). Oral presentation at Southern California Conference for Undergraduate Research, California State University, Los Angeles.

Select Recent Publications by Undergraduate Students

Students denoted by *

 

Ingram, C. M., N. J. Troendle*, C. A. Gill, S. Braude, and R. L. Honeycutt. 2015. Challenging the inbreeding hypothesis in a eusocial mammal: Population genetics of the naked mole-rat, Heterocephalus glaber. Molecular Ecology 24:4848-4865.

Ingram, C. M., N. J. Troendle*, C. A. Gill, and R. L. Honeycutt. 2014. Development of 12 new microsatellite markers for the naked mole-rat, Heterocephalus glaber. Conservation Genetics Resources, DOI 10.1007/s12686-014-0147-2.

Ishibashi*, C.D., A.R. Shaver*, D.P. Perrault*, S.D. Davis, and R.L. Honeycutt. 2013. Isolation of microsatellite markers in a chaparral species endemic to southern California, Ceanothus megacarpus (Rhamnaceae). American Journal of Botany, Applications in Plant Sciences 1(5):1200393.

Kats, L., G. Bucciarelli, T. L. Vandergon, R. L. Honeycutt, E. Matthiasen*, A. Sanders*, S. P. Riley, J. L. Kerby, and R. N. Fisher. 2013. Effects of natural flooding and manual trapping on the facilitation of invasive crayfish-native amphibian coexistence in a semi-arid perennial stream. Journal of Arid Environments 98:109-112.

Johnson*, P.B., K.L. Martin, T.L. Vandergon, R.L. Honeycutt, R.S. Burton and A. Fry*. 2009. Microsatellite and mitochondrial genetic comparisons between northern and southern populations of California grunion (Leuresthes tenuis). Copeia 2009: 465-479.

Dr. Honeycutt and two Pepperdine students at conference

Pepperdine students in front of research poster

Pepperdine student presents research poster