Jacob Burkhart




PhD Candidate
Division of Biological Sciences
212 Tucker Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO  65211
e-mail: jjbxb3 <at> mail.missouri.edu




Research Interests

My research interests span a broad range of ecological concepts (landscape ecology, population connectivity, conservation genetics, and anthropogenic impact on the current and historical distribution of a species). Ultimately, I wish to elucidate the effect of landscape features on genetic connectivity, past and present, using GIS modeling, population genetics, and empirical data from the field.

I graduated from Central Michigan University with a B.S. in Biology – Natural Resources with a minor in GIS. As an undergraduate researcher at CMU (advisor: Brad Swanson), I investigated the population genetic structure of ringed seals (Pusa hispida). For this study I used both microsatellite and mitochondrial DNA markers to measure genetic differentiation between breeding sites within Hudson Bay and throughout the circumpolar arctic.

For my dissertation research, I am working on a collaborative project between the Semlitsch and Eggert labs. I plan to integrate spatial ecology and population genetic data in a landscape genetics project that investigates the source-sink metapopulation dynamics of Ambystoma annulatum (an Ozark endemic species and species of concern in Missouri) and Ambystoma maculatum at Fort Leonard Wood. The overarching goal of this research project is to synthesize information from studies on pond larval dynamics, juvenile dispersal, source-sink dynamics, and genetic structure into a better understanding of the distribution and life history of this relatively unstudied species.

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