Faculty Advisor

Buckholt, Michael Allan

Faculty Advisor

Mathews, Lauren M.

Abstract

In the Blackstone River Valley watershed, morphological data indicate that the endemic crayfish species, Orconectes quinebaugensis, is hybridizing with the more widely dispersed Orconectes virilis. The goal of our project was to identify the level of hybridization and quantify introgression between the two species using the molecular technique amplified fragment length polymorphism, which generates species-specific markers. This study has generated insights into the evolutionary processes occurring in the watershed as well as their potential implications on biodiversity and conservation efforts.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2012

Major

Biology and Biotechnology

Major

Society, Technology and Policy

Major

Biochemistry

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology

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